PLP letter to Work and Pensions SoS about @DWP’s 80% target to deny #BenefitSanctions appeals (mandatory reconsiderations)

The Public law project has sent a letter of concern to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, requesting clarification on the DWP’s internal Mandatory reconsideration (MR) process, that has an 80% performance “target” to uphold it’s own decisions, including benefit sanctions.

“PLP is deeply troubled by the apparent imposition of a performance target on MR decision makers to uphold 80% of original decisions. We are also concerned by the high proportion of MR decisions which uphold the original decision given this performance target and in a context in which (a) the number of appeals fell significantly   after   the   introduction   of   mandatory   reconsideration 1 ‘  (b)   the
percentage of appeals which succeed is 38%, and as high as 63% where a representative is involved in the appeal 2
Source: Public law project: Letter to Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – 16/05/17

Independent: Department for Work and Pensions ‘has outrageous target’ to reject 80% of benefits appeals 17/05/17

Note: A Social Security claimant can appeal to an independent tribunal against a decision, but first they “must ask for mandatory reconsideration within a month of the of a decision about:”

Attendance Allowance
Bereavement Allowance
Carer’s Allowance
Child Benefit
child maintenance (sometimes known as ‘child support’)
Compensation Recovery Scheme (including NHS recovery claims) – contact the Compensation Recovery Unit before you appeal to the tribunal
Diffuse Mesotheliomia Payment Scheme
Disability Living Allowance
Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
Funeral Payments
Guardian’s Allowance
Income Support
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
Maternity Allowance
Pension Credit
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
Sure Start Maternity Grant
tax credits
Universal Credit
Vaccine Damage Payment