Ministry of Justice consultation on transforming courts and tribunals

November 2016

CPAG has responded to a Ministry of Justice consultation on changes to social security appeal tribunals.

We have serious reservations about the proposal to move the Social Security and Child Support Tribunal entirely online.

Although the sums of money involved in social security appeals are often relatively small, and it may appear that the current cost of administering those appeals is disproportionate, the outcome of an appeal is of crucial importance to people who are living on a very low income and often facing the challenges of long-term ill health and disability.

As a result, we would argue that the right of appeal against social security decisions must be effective and we believe that, for the reasons outlined in our response, the current proposals put that effectiveness at risk.