Post by Colin Henderson on Jul 31, 2011 18:51:07 GMT
The third response obtained by Andy Slaughter's questions. This is a cracker - especially the final ten paragraphs when the President, HHJudge Robert Martin lays into the damage which will be done to appeals in his jurisdictions and the extra costs caused.
The Preface explains exactly who they are:
"The Social Entitlement Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal was formed in 2008 pursuant to the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007. It draws together the jurisdictions of 3 formerly free-standing tribunal bodies, namely the Asylum Support Tribunal, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeal Panel and the Social Security and Child Support Appeal Tribunal. The Chamber comprises some 2,000 judges and tribunal members. In 2010-11 the Chamber will handle in the region of 400,000 appeals."
Post by Douglas Johnson on Jul 31, 2011 19:47:03 GMT
No wonder the Government wanted to keep this hidden! it's an incredibly clear exposition of why the Government's proposals are inconsistent, fail to achieve their stated aims, and are neither efficient nor effective.
It recognises that these tribunals (asylum support, criminal injuries compensation and welfare benefits) are public law proceedings - and yet are not treated the same as those in the "public law" category. In particular, it explains how the proposals will impact on the efficiency of the tribunals and how their effectiveness will be limited by costs elsewhere.