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Welsh disability benefit denial court appeals against UK government win four in five times

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Four out of five appeals processed in Wales against the government in the UK to deny people disability benefits succeeded, new data has found.

A report from the BBC detailed how the success of appeals in Cardiff, covering Wales and south-west England, rose from 51% in 2013-14, to 80% between April and December 2018.

Reacting to the news, charities commented by saying the benefit assessments were carried out with ‘poor decision-making’ and ‘obvious inaccuracies.’

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Cardiff is one of seven administrative centres in the UK for appeals against government decisions on whether to award people benefits.

However, it does also covers the south-west of England, stretching as far as Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight.

The BBC, reporting on the data, explained how the Welsh capital’s HM Courts and Tribunals Service centre processed 145,616 appeals against decisions related to disability benefits between 2013 and 2018 and almost 94,000 of these were successful.

Benefits assessments are carried out on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) by the private contractors Capita, the Independent Assessment Services (formerly Atos) and Maximus.

In September, Amber Rudd said she would be leading reform on the benefits system.

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