Nearly two thirds of DWP decisions found faulty at appeal
MORE people with disabilities and long-term illnesses are winning appeals after having their personal independent payment (PIP) claim rejected.
The latest Ministry of Justice figures show that 65 per cent of all decisions that go to appeal at independent tribunals are now reversed in the claimant’s favour.
This compares with 18 per cent of those being overturned at mandatory reconsideration, a system run by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
This is a stage that claimants are told they must go through before appealing to a tribunal.
Since the PIP benefit was been introduced, 161,000 people have had the original decision overturned either at mandatory reconsideration or at appeal, according to DWP data.
The government argues that this is a small fraction of the 2.3 million people claiming PIP, with 7 per cent of all decisions appealed and 3 per cent overturned.
It adds that 75 per cent of successful appeals are due to new evidence being submitted for the claims.
But charities argue that only 9 per cent are overturned because of new documentation.
The remaining 66 per cent of cases are overturned by tribunal panels actually listening to a claimant’s oral evidence.