I guess it is not just the Income Security division but also the EI division of the General Division of the Social Security Tribunal:
Well this is a bit of a side step for me given the tone of my recent postings on this blog.
I would like to extend my apprciation to the Canada Pension Plan disability adjudicators who are working in their regions. It is obvious from my discussions with many of these staff members across various regions in Canada, that they would like to do their best to make sure the clients are submitting the most thorough CPP disability applications and reconsideration appeals.
I have been writing letters to the Canada Pension Plan adjudicators and asking them to hold the reconsideration reviews, until the clients have had an opportunity to submit all of the infromation they can to support their appeal (it is a client's onus). Many of the adjudicators state that they understand the long delays clients will face if they are denied and appealing to the Social Security Tribunal and would also like to ensure that individuals are not stuck in this process.
There has been one or two that really could care less but for the most part I tip my hat to those case-managers who want to help the clients in the best way that they can - and work with the case-managers who are helping the applicants!
Again I cannot stress enough how important it is for you to make sure you have submitted a complete application and if you are denied - I would recommend you find a knowledgable person to help you with this administrative review by Canada Pension Plan. The problem is - as you know - if you do not submit the best documentation that you can, and you are then denied by Canada Pension Plan - then you are faced with all the issues that I have written about in this blog.
You have enemies? Good. It means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life - Winston Churchill.
Thank you for speaking out.
Here is another article written by Lee Anne Goodman of The Canadian Press. Although the headline reads that the Social Security Tribunal is allowing more appeals - please note that the actual results are these: Out of the 933 appeals that have been allowed - 775 were reversal of prior denials made by Canada Pension Plan ( in another words CPP disability overturned their decision to deny) and ONLY 158 were actual decisions allowed by the Social Security Tribunal.
Of the 303 denials that were made by the Social Security Tribunal - 107 of these were Summarily Dismissed and 196 were denials as a result of appeals.
According to the documents that I have received under Access to Information - the tribunal held 465 tribunals since the inception. The documents that state they "do not track" the results are sitting here next to me in my office.
Please people - it is time to speak out. I know there are so many who call me and email me who are afraid to speak out for fear that it will hurt their appeal - and I understand that - but this has to change. What has happened to good Canadian people is an absolute disgrace. How can this government get away with treating hard-working tax paying Canadians like this? Please speak out and put a face to these numbers.
Today I got an appeal date for a lady. She does not speak English. She has been offered a teleconference appeal. She has been waiting since January 2012. Really - even with an interpretor how is that fair?
AGAIN I just want to reiterate that I do not have any "beef" with the staff who work at the Social Security Tribunal. They are working hard I know this - and trying to move these deadlines.
I wonder what will happen tomorrow? Stay tuned.
I have had several messages concerning the time lines at Canada Pension Plan. I am not talking about the horrendus delays at the Social Security Tribunal, but rather the adjudication and processing times at Canada Pension Plan disability.
These timelines are for adjudication on initial applications as well as time lines for adjudication on reconsideration appeals.
I confirmed with Service Canada today that the time lines are 26 weeks. That means it is taking over six months for a decision on a CPP disability application or appeal.
Okay so I know from the Freedom of Information requests that I have made that the denial rate on initial is around 62%. That means that it is going to take over six months for 6 out of 10 of you to be told that you are denied. And of those people who go on to appeal, it is going to take another six months before you receive a decision on the appeal - and if you are denied again - well then you are at the Social Security Tribunal.
From the information that I have read and have here in my office, there is a memorandum that notes that the Social Security Tribunal does not expect to be able to manage this backlog until 2017. In fact I quote from a Memorandum to the Minister of Employment and Social Development from the Social Security Tribunal dated February 2014 states "Based on the early assumptions, the transferred inventory and newly acquired inventory (the backlog) would be eliminated at the earliest by 2017."
So there you go folks. Please get help with your applications and your reconsideration appeals. This is no joke.
Please contact the office if you need help.
This is another article on the Social Security Tribunal. I hope you will share it all with your networks. I also have more news to blog but I am very busy after three weeks away from the office. Stay tuned. And thank you for all your support.