Quote: Indeed according to G S Prince, Assistant Manager for JobCentre Plus at the Chippenham BDC (from a letter dated 3 December 2010):
“An individual decision maker … does not owe the appellant a legal duty of care and is not legally liable for any errors or omissions he may make.”
As a retired Welfare Rights Lawyer, and former Tribunal Member (Social Chamber) I totally disagree.
Decision Makers make decisions on behalf of the Secretary of State for Work & Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, so the Secretary of State is legally liable.
However, if a Decision Maker knowingly fabricates evidence to present to a Tribunal, they would be personally responsible for that.
A Tribunal is a Court of Law and has the power to take evidence from both the claimant and Decision Makers. Uttering such false evidence would be tantamount to committing perjury.