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People queuing outside Jobcentre Plus. Pic courtesy: The Guardian

The DWP’s attempts to make it as difficult as possible to appeal a benefits decision appear to be succeeding, according to the latest tribunal statistics released today, according to the Benefits and Work blog.

There has been a drop of 92% in employment and support allowance (ESA) appeals and 93% in Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) appeals in April to June 2014 compared to the same period last year.

A new system of mandatory reconsiderations before appeals was introduced by the DWP for ESA and JSA on 28 October 2013.

Some of the reduction in appeal numbers is likely to be due to decisions being changed in favour of the claimant at the reconsideration stage.

However, figures have yet to be published by the DWP to show how many reconsiderations result in a change of decision.

The strong possibility remains, therefore, that many thousands of claimants are being left waiting for months for their reconsideration to take place whilst others fail to successfully lodge an appeal because the system is now so complex.

The full appeal statistics can be downloaded from this link.

You can read the full article here.

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