TARGET FOR NOT CHANGING DECISIONS ON MANDATORY RECONSIDERATION

Created 08/06/2017

The Public Law Project have obtained some figures from the government that show there is a key performance indicator for the outcome of mandatory reconsiderations.

'The key measures which are used by the Department for Work and Pensions to monitor Mandatory Reconsideration (MR) performance are:
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b) 80% of the original decisions are to be upheld

The performance measures for April 2016-March 2017 are: % MR Original Decision upheld = 87.5%'

'PLP is deeply troubled by the apparent imposition of a performance target on MR decision makers to uphold 80% of original decisions. We are also concerned by the high proportion of MR decisions which uphold the original decision given this performance target and in a context in which (a) the number of appeals fell signi cantly after the introduction of mandatory reconsideration1 (b) the percentage of the appeals which succeed..''

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