Thousands of people ‘wrongly’ denied PIP disability payments after DWP appeals spike

The government is finding a record number of disability claim claimants have been falsely denied by their own assessments due to soaring costs of correcting these flaws, new figures show.

293,000 disabled people overturned in court by DWP about payment of PIP benefits
80,000 Individual Independent Payment (PIP) decisions were overturned last year

Thousands of people with disabilities who are appealing individual independent payment decisions (PIPs) are winning their case before the Department for Work and Pensions, revealing major flaws in the assessment process.

Nearly 80,000 Individual Independent Payment (PIP) decisions were overturned at the first review last year, figures released for The Independent only.

Meanwhile, separate data shows that the cost of these assessments has increased by 26% over the past two years, although the number of assessments conducted by the DWP has decreased by 23% over the same period.

The claimant wants appeal the PIP decisionbased on reviews by two private companies – Capita and Atos – must first appeal through the department’s internal process, known as a forced review.

The proportion of these appeals that resulted in the decision being overturned rose from 46,580 out of 236,720 three years ago to 78,390 out of 182,880 last year, according to data obtained through freedom of information (FOI) legislation.

PIP is a benefit that helps people with long-term physical or mental health conditions or disabilities



Vicky Foxcroft MP, LaborThe shadow minister for disability said the new figures were “another example of a welfare system not working for people with disabilities” and urged the government to “get a grip on this and tackle this once and for all.” forever”.

She added: “Ministers have long been talking about fixing the system – this high level of successful mandatory review suggests otherwise.

There is no target time frame for the DWP to complete the required review; some reviews take two weeks, while others take several months.

During this time, the individual will receive the amount they have been awarded by the DWP, which will matter if it is decided to deny their benefits.

Paul Alexander, policy director at disability equality charity Scope, said the high rate of overturned decisions showed there was “error in the system” because the DWP “remains wrong so many times, throws the lives of people with disabilities into turmoil as they face lengthy, intense battles for the right support.”

“People with disabilities should not fight for what they are entitled to. The DWP needs to make the right decisions from the start,” he added.

Phillip Anderson, head of policy at MS Society, points out that the appeals process is so “stressful” that many people decide not to contest the decision, “for fear of losing the meager support they already have. “.

He added: “Pip should measure your need for support, not your willingness to fight a system you set up to fail. We are calling on the government to face the truth and fix this faulty system so that it works once and for all.”

A DWP spokesperson said: “For the majority of Pip complaints, we make the right decisions and all assessments are performed by trained healthcare professionals to review the impact of someone’s health or disability, but we are exploring what more we can do to ensure the well-being of the system better meets the needs of people with disabilities through through our health and disability green paper. ”

What is PIP?

PIP support can go up to £152.15 a week.

The PIP consists of two parts – the daily living rate for people who struggle with daily tasks and the mobility rate for those who need help getting out or about.

The weekly fee for the mobile portion of PIP is £23.70 or £62.55, which equates to £94.80 or £250.22 a month.

Claimants would have been awarded the standard PIP travel rate if their psyche had prevented them from undertaking any unaccompanied unfamiliar journeys.

And they would have been scaled up if they hadn’t been able to make any of the familiar journeys without support.

The Mirror previously reported that 90% of veterans who try to claim PIP for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are denied.

Some veterans tell us they have even attempted suicide, faced homelessness or become dependent on food banks after being denied a PIP, the money could be. 50% of their income.

Many people developed PTSD because of their military careers, and now they feel abandoned by the very government they once dedicated part of their lives to.

See our story on how to appeal PIP decisions, here.

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