Social Security Benefits: Appeals:Written question - 2401

(Birmingham, Hall Green)

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Asked on: 03 July 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Social Security Benefits: Appeals
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department took legal advice on the target of upholding original decisions in 80 per cent of mandatory benefit reconsideration requests.
Answered by: Penny Mordaunt
Answered on: 06 July 2017

Further to my reply to PQs 1469 & 1470, the department does not have a Mandatory Reconsideration target for upholding original decisions. The 80 per cent figure is used to track and monitor Mandatory Reconsiderations to assess the quality of our initial decision making and to help understand and improve our processes. Therefore there was not a requirement to obtain legal advice.

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