Record numbers of people are getting their disability benefit tests overturned

Official figures reveal 68% of all people who ask a tribunal for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) now win their case – 14,188 in 3 months

The number of disability benefit tests being overturned on appeal has reached a record high.

Official figures reveal 68% of all people who ask a tribunal for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) now win their case – 14,188 victories in the most recent three months.

The previous record in a three-month period was 14,077, 65% of cases heard.

The demand for appeals for PIP and other benefits, mainly sickness payment ESA, is now so great that tribunal officials are battling a backlog.

The Ministry of Justice, which runs the tribunal system, admits there were 108,400 social security cases outstanding by the end of September – an eye watering 71% rise in a year.

There are now more than 100,000 benefit appeal cases ‘outstanding’ in the system (Image: Rex Features)
PIP, which covers the day to day costs of disability, is replacing an old benefit but almost half of people who transfer over get less money or none at all.

Atos and Capita run the tests but have never met their target to have fewer than 3% graded ‘unacceptable’.

Mark Atkinson, Chief Executive at disability charity Scope, said the figures “demonstrate that our welfare system isn’t working for disabled people.”

He added: “It’s imperative that assessments for PIP and ESA are overhauled to iron out the mistrust, lack of transparency and routine inaccuracies which disabled people report on a weekly basis.”

Lib Dem welfare spokesman Stephen Lloyd said the figures “show the system is broken.”

He added: “I’s time to scrap Work Capability Assessments and replace them with a more humane system.” WCAs are for ESA not PIP.

A DWP spokeswoman said: “Since PIP was introduced, 2.9 million decisions have been made. Only 8% have been appealed, and 4% have been overturned.

“A vast majority of successful appeals were down to the claimant providing new evidence.”

Source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/record-numbers-people-getting-disability-11699089

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