Removal of Legal Aid for the disabled

The swingeing cuts to allowances and benefits for the disabled made by our current coalition government have led to a huge number of appeals against DWP (Atos) decisions which has caused a huge backlog of tribunals.  In fact they are having to work on Saturdays to reduce the backlog.  It is well worth disabled people appealing as 40% of decisions are overturned on appeal, rising to 70% when the appellant is represented.

The Tribunal judiciary has produced statistics which show an alarming increase in benefit appeals from 167,000 in 2008/2008 to 418,500 in 2010/2011 with projections that this will have reached 644,000 per year by 2014/2015.  Here are their statistics for Social Security and Child Support:

Annual Intake of SSCS Appeals
2008-09    242,800
2009-10     339,200
2010-11      418,500
(forecast)
2011-12      421,6009
2012-13      483,400
2013-14      576,700
2014-15      644,000

Those wily people we nearly elected to be our government have an answer to this distressing situation.  They are not, as any reasonable person would think, going to change the system that creates these wrong decisions.  That after all would be to admit that they were not as clever as they thought.  Their solution is simple, remove the right to legal aid for the disabled and the success rate of the appeals will go down.