Initial decision-making

This category contains 69 posts

Pay to prove that you are a child: the government consults on fees for age assessment appeals to the Immigration and Asylum Chambers

By Jonathan Collinson (University of Huddersfield) The government has launched a consultation on the fees payable by applicants who lodge certain kinds of appeals in the Immigration and Asylum Chambers (IAC): the administrative tribunals responsible for hearing appeals against decisions of the Home Office in immigration and asylum matters. The consultation proposes fees – payable … Continue reading

The DWP’s Handling of the Migration of Disability Benefit Claimants to Employment and Support Allowance: The DWP’s Response to the Report of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (Part 1)

By Robert Thomas (University of Manchester) In January 2022, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) published its report into the handling, by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), of the migration of a disability benefit claimant, Mrs U, to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). More specifically, the key issues are: (a) whether the … Continue reading

SEND reforms: Mandatory mediation in administrative justice

SEND reforms: Mandatory mediation in administrative justice The newly published and long-awaited SEND Green Paper proposes ‘strengthening redress’, including making mediation mandatory in appeals of local authority decisions on special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). This post explores why this proposal should be a concern to all those involved in administrative justice. Background Special educational … Continue reading

Experiments in Automating Immigration Systems

Experiments in Automating Immigration Systems By Tatiana Kazim, Public Law Project and Equal Education Law Centre (South Africa) Governments around the world are embracing automated decision making (ADM). The potential benefits are well-rehearsed: faster, cheaper, more accurate, more consistent decision-making. Equally, the dangers posed by government ADM systems have been exposed by several high-profile scandals … Continue reading

State pension underpayments and the payment of interest

Robert Thomas, University of Manchester Should people underpaid their state pensions receive not just arrears for those underpayments, but also the interest on them in order to make up for inflation? The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) thinks not, but the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) thinks they should. The recent Parliamentary and Health Service … Continue reading