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Social Security Benefits: Appeals

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 123022, tabled on 16 January 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what arrangements the Government has in place to inform claimants of the assessment criteria against which they are measured when they apply for a PIP or ESA reconsideration or appeal.

Answered on

24 January 2018

Claimants to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) receive a decision letter once their claim has been determined by a Departmental Case Manager. The decision letter sets out all the assessment activities, the relevant functional descriptor applicable to the individual for each activity and the points each descriptor carries. Where a claimant asks for a mandatory reconsideration they will receive a further decision letter which again sets out the assessment activities, the relevant functional descriptor applicable to the individual for each activity and the points each descriptor carries. The assessment activities and descriptors used in PIP can be found in part 2 of the PIP Assessment Guide available on www.gov.uk: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/665635/pip-assessment-guide-part-2-assessment-criteria.pdf

Claimants to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) receive a decision letter once their claim has been determined by a Departmental Decision Maker. An entitlement decision letter sets out what the claimant needs to do next and which group the claimant has been placed in and a disallowance decision letter sets out the functional activities laid down in legislation and the justification for the number of points awarded. Following a Mandatory Reconsideration a new decision letter will be issued confirming either entitlement or disallowance; however no additional information is provided on the functional activities. The assessment activities and descriptors used in the Work Capability Assessment for ESA can be found in the ‘Employment and Support Allowance: the Work Capability Assessment: Detailed Guide’ and the ‘Work Capability Assessment Handbook’ both available on www.gov.uk: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/esa214-a-guide-to-employment-and-support-allowance-the-work-capability-assessment and https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/work-capability-assessment-handbook-for-healthcare-professionals.