DWP admits an 80% target to deny appeals against benefit sanctions and it’s decisions

This appears to be an absolutely outrageous interference by the executive with the rule of law….

But it is altogether unspeakable that DWP managers seek to incentivise those who turn these applications down – and what is more, they do not make this policy public.

It would be good if this extraordinary disclosure were to provoke uproar in the highest places.”
Source: Mandatory reconsiderations and the rule of law 15/05/17

“The key measures which are used by the Department for Work and Pensions to monitor
Mandatory Reconsideration (MR) performance are:

a) 90% to be cleared within target.

b) 80% of the original decisions are to be upheld.

The performance measures for April 2016 – March 2017 are:

% MR Cleared within target = 70.2%

% MR Original Decision Upheld = 87.5%

Upheld – percentage of MRs where the decisions have either been unfavourable to the claimant or where the previous decision has been maintained”   (emphasis added)
Source: DWP FOI response 15/05/17: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/402400/response/978248/attach/html/2/FOI%201740%20response.pdf.html