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Personal Independence Payment: Mental Illness

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 220796, tabled on 13 February 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 12 February 2019 to Question 218200, how many personal independence payment assessments where a claimant had a diagnosis of a mental health disorder have resulted in no award in (a) the North-West and (b) England; and how many of those assessments were overturned at a mandatory reconsideration or appeal.

Answered on

18 February 2019

The information requested is provided in the table below.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claimants with a primary disabling condition of psychiatric disorders – April 2013 to September 2018

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England

North West

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

309,110

49,310

Of these:

-

-

Change of award at Mandatory Reconsideration

17,470

2,650

Decision overturned at appeal

29,710

4,120

Since PIP was introduced 3.7m decisions have been made in Great Britain for all health conditions up to September 2018, of these 10% have been appealed and 5% have been overturned.

There are strands of work in progress to drive continuous improvement in the decision making process. This has included the deployment of approximately 150 Presenting Officers, who are presenting DWP’s case in a number of PIP and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) appeals.

Presenting Officers have a role in gaining valuable insight into Tribunals’ view of the Department’s processes - both at the original decision stage and at mandatory reconsideration - and why decisions may be overturned.

Their feedback is being directed to the relevant parts of the business in order to drive long term improvements to the claimant journey.

DWP is also running a series of tests exploring the different ways evidence could be gathered, and the quality of decision making.

The data has been rounded to the nearest 10.

PIP data includes normal rules and special rules for the terminally ill claimants, and covers new claims and DLA reassessment claims.

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.

The geography relates to the origin of the claim (i.e. derived from claimant’s postcode).

The appeals may include decisions which are changed at MR, and where the claimant continues to appeal for a higher PIP award, are then changed again at tribunal appeal.

Claimants who have received benefit decisions more recently may not yet have had time to complete the claimant journey and progress to appeal.

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