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Written Question
Social Security Benefits: Appeals
10 Sep 2020

Questioner: Jonathan Reynolds (LAB - Stalybridge and Hyde)


To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department plans to make all benefits appeals forms available to be completed electronically.

Answered by Chris Philp

Currently, 86%1 of all appeals (Employment and Support Allowance, Personal Independence Payment and Universal Credit) can be submitted electronically to the First-tier Tribunal, Social Security and Child Support.

HM Courts and Tribunals Service is developing plans to digitise the remaining appeal types by December 2021. As the option to submit appeals by paper will continue to be available to appellants, this may involve scanning paper appeal forms to enable them subsequently to be processed electronically.

Forms for all benefit appeals are available to download at GOV.UK.

1 Based on the period April to March 2020, the latest period for which data are available.