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S5W-22299: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 22 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of its statement that it "will establish a timescale of between 40 and 60 working days for a re-determination of Disability Assistance", what its response is to the answer to written question 232059 lodged at the UK Parliament, which states that, between June and October 2018, the median number of calendar days for a personal independence payment mandatory reconsideration to be cleared was between 32 and 36.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 2 April 2019

Re-determinations and DWP mandatory reconsiderations involve different processes. In our system, a re-determination means that Social Security Scotland will make a fresh determination carried out by a different officer, taking any new evidence into account, which replaces the earlier determination.

The Scottish Government is focused on building a fairer, rights based appeals system that responds to the needs and views of people who receive benefits. Short-term Assistance will be available where a continuing entitlement has been reduced or stopped and that decision is subject to a re-determination or appeal. This will ensure that individuals will not have to manage on a reduced income for a period. We are currently consulting on the timescales for re-determinations for disability assistance and will review our position in light of the responses to the consultation.