It is estimated that thousands of disabled people have been ‘wrongly’ rejected by the DWP to receive their eligible PIP disability benefits.
The Department for Work and Pensions has reportedly had huge flaws in its assessment process, leading to thousands of disabled people appealing Personal Independence Payment (PIP) decisions and winning their cases.
Figures given to The Independent revealed that almost 80,000 PIP decisions were overturned in the initial review last year, reports the Mirror.
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Meanwhile, separate data shows that the cost of these exams has increased by 26% over the past two years, despite the fact that the number of exams performed by the DWP has decreased by 23% over the same period.
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Claimants who wish to appeal a PIP decision, which is based on assessments by two private companies – Capita and Atos – must first appeal through the department’s internal process, known as mandatory reconsideration.
The rate at which such appeals led to a decision being overturned fell from 46,580 out of 236,720 three years ago to 78,390 out of 182,880 last year, according to data obtained through freedom of speech laws. information (FAITH).
Vicky Foxcroft MP, Labour’s Shadow Disability Minister, said the new figures were “another example of the benefit system not working for people with disabilities” and called on the government to “grab and fix this a once and for all”.
“Ministers have been talking for a long time about fixing the system – these high levels of successful mandatory reviews show the opposite,” she added.
There is no target timeframe for the DWP to complete mandatory reviews; some reviews take two weeks, while others take several months.
During this time, the individual will receive the amount allocated to them by the DWP, which will be nothing if the decision was to deny them the benefit.
Paul Alexander, policy manager at disability equality charity Scope, said the high proportion of decisions overturned showed there were ‘flaws in the system’ because the DWP is ‘still too wrong often throwing the lives of people with disabilities into turmoil as they face long and stressful battles to get the right support”.
“People with disabilities shouldn’t have to fight to get what they are entitled to. DWP needs to make the right decisions the first time,” he added.
Phillip Anderson, head of policy at the MS Society, said the appeals process is “so stressful” that many people decide not to challenge the decision, “for fear of losing what little support they have. already”.
He added: “Pip should measure your need for support, not your willingness to fight a system that sets you up for failure. We call on the government to face the facts and fix this broken system so that it works once and for all.
A DWP spokesperson said: “For the majority of Pip claims, we make the right decisions and all assessments are carried out by trained healthcare professionals to consider the impact of the health condition or a person’s disability, but we are exploring what more we can do for well-being. better meets the needs of people with disabilities through our green paper on health and disability.
What is PIP?
PIP support is up to £152.15 per week.
The PIP is made up of two parts: an everyday life tariff for those who find it difficult to carry out their daily tasks and a mobility tariff for those who need help getting out or getting around.
The weekly rate for the mobility part of the PIP is £23.70 or £62.55, which equates to £94.80 or £250.22 per month.
Claimants should have received the standard mobility rate of the PIP if their psychological distress meant that they were unable to undertake an unfamiliar journey without having someone with them.
And they should have had the increased rate if they couldn’t undertake a familiar journey without support.
The Mirror previously reported that 90% of veterans who attempt to claim a PIP for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are rejected.
Some veterans told us they even attempted suicide, faced homelessness, or became dependent on food banks after being denied PIP, which can account for 50% of their income.
Many have developed PTSD as a result of their military careers and now feel abandoned by the same government to which they once devoted part of their lives.
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