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Income Support Appeals

Mr. Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many income support appeals were heard by social security appeal tribunals in each of the last four quarters for which information is available; how many and what percentage were decided in the appellant's favour where the appellant (a) attended the hearing but was not represented, (b) was represented but did not attend, (c) attended and was represented and (d) did not attend and was not represented. [4801]

Mr. Roger Evans [pursuant to his reply, 19 November 1996, c. 523-26.]: The information that I gave regarding the figure and percentage of heard and decided appeals for the December 1995 quarter was incorrect. The information is set out in the table. The correct information is as follows:

18 Dec 1996 : Column: 769

Income Support AppealsMarch 1995June 1995September 1995December 1995
Total number heard and decided11,6749,58310,7208,620
Total number decided in appellants favour and percentage6,0333,7773,8413,057
(51 per cent.)(39 per cent.)(35 per cent.)(35 per cent.)
Decision in appellants favour:Number decided1,1591,3281,4241,170
appellant only attendedPercentage success43454343
Decision in appellants favour:Number decided1,983480257209
representative only attendedPercentage success78664948
Decision in appellants favour:Number decided1,4561,4731,5331,156
appellant and representative attendedPercentage success68656563
Decision in appellants favour:Number decided1,435496627522
no attendancePercentage success32121314

Source: "Quarterly Social Scurity Appeal Tribunal Statistics" published by Analytical Services Division.