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Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 251922, tabled on 8 May 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the proportion of rejected claims for personal independence payments that were overturned at tribunal stage in each year since 2014.

Answered on

13 May 2019

The requested information is shown in the table below:

Volume of initial decisions where PIP was disallowed, and the number & proportion of these decisions that were Overturned at the appeal Stage, by year of initial decision.

Financial Year of Initial Decision

Volume of PIP Claims Disallowed

Decisions Overturned at Appeal

Percentage of Initial Decisions Overturned at Appeal

2014/15

275,090

12,730

5%

2015/16

324,850

22,320

7%

2016/17

390,210

36,220

9%

2017/18

392,280

29,420

8%

2018/19
(Apr- Dec18)

282,280

3,410

1%

Source: PIP Computer System

Since PIP was introduced 3.9m decisions have been made up to December 2018, of these 10% have been appealed and 5% have been overturned.

Data has been rounded to the nearest 10, and the nearest percent respectively.

This data is unpublished data. It should be used with caution and it may be subject to future revision.

Disallowances include those both pre-referral and post-referral to an Assessment Provider.

An appeal can only be made against a decision which has gone through the Mandatory Reconsideration (MR) process. The figures above will include decisions which have been changed at MR to award PIP, and where the claimant continues to appeal for a higher PIP award, and are then changed again at tribunal appeal.

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).

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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