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What’s new in administrative justice, March 2017

UK Parliament After suffering two defeats in the House of Lords on the EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, the Government now has the power to trigger Article 50 and begin Brexit negotiations. One of the amendments would have required the Government to guarantee the rights of EU citizens in the UK post Brexit and the … Continue reading

Data sources for administrative justice research – a toolkit for researchers

In this post, Dr Kakia Chatsiou describes her UKAJI project identifying sources of data held by central government departments. By Kakia Chatsiou One of the main priorities of UKAJI’s work has been to identify and develop strategies to tackle capacity constraints within administrative justice research in the UK. Integral to this is improving the knowledge … Continue reading

When things go very wrong with decision-making by public bodies (and their private contractors)

Today we learned that the cases of 23,000 claimants who did not appeal a decision on their tax credits will have their cases reviewed (see here). These are decisions made by Concentrix, the private contractor hired by HMRC in May 2014 to help cut alleged fraud in the tax credit system. The contract with Concentrix … Continue reading

Oral and paper tribunal appeals, and the online future

By Robert Thomas There has been some discussion recently here and here about oral and paper appeals and the possible impact of online dispute resolution. In light of that, this contribution offers some data and thoughts on the issue. Data The data concern 1.7 million first-tier social security appeals determined over the years 2000-15 and … Continue reading

What’s new in administrative justice, January 2017

UK Parliament The Women and Equalities Committee has published a report on Women in the House of Commons after the 2020 election. The report makes a number of recommendations, aimed at Parliament, political parties and Government, on how to increase the number of women MPs at the next general election. The Committee has also launched … Continue reading