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Personal Independence Payment: Multiple Sclerosis

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 211242, tabled on 22 January 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many personal independence payment assessments where a claimant had a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis resulted in no award; and how many of those claims were overturned at mandatory reconsideration or appeal.

Answered on

30 January 2019

The information requested is shown in the table below.

Table 1: Number of PIP decisions for people who did not receive an award at the initial decision post assessment where the award was changed at mandatory reconsideration (MR) and where decisions were overturned at appeal for people with a primary disabling condition of Fibromyalgia or Multiple Sclerosis, April 2013 to September 2018     


Multiple sclerosis

Initial decisions



Disallowed post-referral to the Assessment Provider due to failing the assessment



of whom, the decision was changed at MR



of whom, the decision was overturned at appeal



Since PIP was introduced 3.7m decisions have been made until September 2018, of these 10% have been appealed and 5% have been overturned.


  • PIP data includes normal rules and special rules for the terminally ill claimants, and is for both new claims and DLA reassessment claims
  • Data has been rounded to the nearest 10.
  • Appeals data taken from the DWP PIP computer system’s management information. Therefore this appeal data may differ from that held by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service for various reasons such as delays in data recording and other methodological differences in collating and preparing statistics.
  • Appeals data includes some cases where the initial decision was changed at MR.
  • Decisions overturned at appeal may include a number of appeals that have been lapsed (which is where DWP changed the decision after an appeal was lodged but before it was heard at Tribunal)
  • Some decisions which are changed at mandatory reconsideration, and where the claimant continues to appeal for a higher PIP award, are then changed again at tribunal appeal. Therefore the number of people who had a decision changed at mandatory reconsideration and the number of people who had a decision changed at tribunal appeal cannot be added together.
  • Data is based on primary disabling condition as recorded on the PIP computer systems. Claimants may often have multiple disabling conditions upon which the decision is based but only the primary condition is shown in these statistics.
  • Great Britain only.
  • Claimants who have received benefit decisions more recently may not yet have had time to complete the claimant journey and progress to appeal.