8. Appeals and Local Reviews
Local Review Bodies dealt with 57 cases in the first quarter of 2020/21, 64.9% of which had the original decision upheld. In quarter two there were 134 applications subject to local reviews with 63.4% resulting in the original decision being upheld. In the same period in the previous year 66.7% (of 129 cases) were upheld in quarter one and 69.0% (of 155 cases) in quarter two had their original decisions upheld.
COVID-19 restrictions initially resulted in limited opportunities for Local Review Bodies to meet which will have impacted on the number of appeals processed, particularly in quarter one.
In addition 67.7% (of 34 cases) of appeals to Scottish Ministers in quarter one and 48.6% (of 74 cases) in quarter two had the original decision upheld. This compares with 68.8% (of 64 cases) and 55.1% (of 78 cases) respectively for quarter one and quarter two in 2019/20.
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