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Personal Independence Payment

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 90094, tabled on 15 September 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 8 September 2020 to Question 81702 on Personal Independent Payment, how many of the 3,310 personal independence payment claimants since April 2018 who died within three months of their initial application being disallowed had made previous claims that were refused.

Answered on

23 September 2020

Personal Independence Payment is claimed by people with a range of health conditions and disabilities, many of which are degenerative or life limiting. The Department treats the tragic death of any claimant sympathetically.

The Government has taken steps to ensure that new claims made under Special Rules for Terminal Illness are fast tracked and were being cleared in 4 working days on average in April 2020.

I also refer the Hon. Member to the correction to the answer to Question 81702.

480 claimants had previously registered a Personal Independence Payment claim that was disallowed.

There is no evidence in this data to suggest someone’s reason for claiming Personal Independence Payments was the cause of their death and it would be misleading to suggest otherwise.