Victories in PIP appeals reach their highest rate ever – but only a tiny number of claimants appeal. Here’s why

It’s great that the percentage rate of successful appeals against refusal of Personal Independence Payment is at its highest ever.

But that number hides the fact that only eight per cent of those who have been refused the benefit appeal.

This is because the Conservative government does not want to pay the benefit to anybody at all. Even payments to those who most clearly qualify are only granted because the recipients are likely to die in the near future.

So they learned from their experience with appeals against bad ESA decisions, and introduced a delaying tactic called Mandatory Reconsideration.

Those who are refused the benefit must go through the MR process before they may appeal to a tribunal – and they are paid nothing during the time they spend waiting for MR.

Simply put, the Tories starve them out.

That is the reason, as the DWP spokesperson states at the end of the Mirror article quoted below, only “eight per cent have been appealed and four per cent have been overturned”.

In addition, there is no support available for claimants who want to appeal.

Here‘s SPeye Joe:

“WHY do only 8 in every 100 cases appeal? Because there is scant support for them to appeal with (a) no legal aid to pay for this; (b) because an appeal is a lengthy time-consuming process and linked with that (c) appeals are NOT routinely undertaken by welfare rights agencies such as the CAB.”

So when you read the following, remember it’s only part of the story – a story the DWP and the Conservative government don’t want you to understand.

The victory rate for people appealing for disability benefit has reached its highest ever.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments have been branded a “total failure” as 69% of people appealing them at a tribunal now win their case.

That is the highest percentage success rate ever recorded since the benefit launched in 2013.

Today’s figures show that between October and December 2017, 20,144 benefit tribunals were completed – and 13,881 ended in victory for the claimant.

Separately 69% of appeals for sickness benefit Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) also ended in victory in the three-month period, just short of a record.

Campaigners argue assessments for the new benefit are unfit for purpose.

Of 947,000 people moving from DLA to PIP, almost half (46%) had their payments downgraded or stopped.

Source: Victories for people appealing for disability benefit reach their highest rate ever – Mirror Online

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1 thought on “Victories in PIP appeals reach their highest rate ever – but only a tiny number of claimants appeal. Here’s why

  1. aunty1960

    Money coming out of same National Insurance Fund pot as Disability Denying Assessments. The One and Only Pot which is there from our tiny contributions of just 12.5% since war 10% for healthand care jusy 2.5% for administration.Taking the money for health and care to deny health and care. Its a LONG GAME to empty and embezzle the public purse and revert the mass of Uk citizens to poverty, dependency and serfdom again. Put the Hoi Poloi Back in their Place as a planner of this stated early 200s

    and Atos took over contract for appeals and interest in advising them and affecting them. So how amazing is that?

    And round and round and round as the money goes down the plughole.

    Then after appeal win. CALLED AGAIN!

    Its money emptying, they do not care how they do it, by assessments or appeals from same pot which is supposed to be providing and supporting health and care.

    And people do not appeal because they are all bloody worn out.They can go through this 4-5 times in same year

    and the drain on GP and consultants resources as they have to access and make reports every time for this

    It should be shown and shamed for what it is


    The National Insurance Fund and the mass accumulation of State Pensions were 2 of the 3 main securities (the 3rd being the gold reserve) behind and underpinning our nations economy so she would not crash and take everything and everyone with it when the stock exchange and big business and international commerce f***s up

    Money is for securing, not spending and assets are for keeping and working not selling

    National Security was about Securing National Security

    BRILLIANT!! Everyone forgot it and missed it.

    From our own pockets at a small % a weeks we secured our own country and nation not only our own health and health of our children and grandchildren

    It does not matter if and how many win appeals, the big money out the National Insurance Pot has still gone to Private who are managing it all.

    On the streets again after a slight respite

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