Social Security Benefits: Disability:Written question - 121498

Q
Asked by Neil Coyle
(Bermondsey and Old Southwark)
Asked on: 08 January 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Social Security Benefits: Disability
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many presenting officers have been recruited to represent his Department at tribunal appeals against the refusal of disability benefit in each of the last five years.
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Corrected answer by: Sarah Newton
Corrected on: 17 April 2018
An error has been identified in the written answer given on 16 January 2018.
The correct answer should have been:

While the Department has had presenting officers in the past, 2017 was the first time that individuals were recruited specifically into that role. Therefore there are no other specific recruitment to the presenting officer role in the years prior to 2017 for ESA and PIP.In 2017 DWP recruited 211 presenting officers.

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Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 16 January 2018

While the Department has had presenting officers in the past, 2017 was the first time that individuals were recruited specifically into that role. Therefore there are no other specific recruitment to the presenting officer role in the years prior to 2017 for ESA and PIP.In 2017 DWP recruited 211 presenting officers.

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