Up to three in four disabled people who challenge their benefit cuts win an appeal

UP to three in four disabled people who challenged cuts to their benefits win their appeals, it has been revealed.

Eight thousand Brits who have been denied Personal Independence Payments (PIP) were able to fight their case and get them reinstated, new figures show.

Numbers obtained by BBC Wales showed that 76 per cent of people who appealed in the South of England were successful.

The DWP said that decisions could be appealed and new evidence can be provided at tribunals.

PIP is for people who need extra help with costs related to long-term illnesses or disability, and it can pay up to £139.75 per week.

It requires assessment for whether the person is eligible for it or not, and how it affects their day to day lives.

Disabled Brits are able to claim funds to help them try to live a normal life

Mark Atkinson, chief executive at disability charity Scope, called on the UK government to “get a grip” on the situation.

He said: “Disabled people rely on these financial lifelines to live independently and be part of their community.

“Without urgent action, vast numbers will continue to be denied this support unfairly.”

Today the Sun revealed how a disabled man born with 17 holes in his heart was denied PIP and told he had to get a job.

Samuel Moore, 24, who has undergone five operations for his condition and wasn’t expected to live longer than three weeks, was repeatedly rejected for Personal Independence Payments.

He desperately doesn’t want to rely on state hand-outs but can’t walk more than 100 metres without getting out of breath, and gets dizzy spells and heart palpitations too.

“I wasn’t supposed to make it past three weeks old,” Sam added.

“I’m 24 but I’m in an 80-year-old’s body.

Sam undergoing the first of five operations to repair his heart, pictured here with his gran

Universal Credit is gradually replacing Employment and Support Allowance and is the main benefit to claim if someone is out of work due to sickness or a disability.

It is part of Government reforms to replace six benefits with one payment.

But the rollout has been beset with issues – with thousands said to have been driven to food banks as a result of waits, and claims that they are fuelling domestic violence cases.

PIP can also be claimed on top, but is usually for a fixed amount of time, and can be reviewed by the Department for Work and Pensions at any time.

A DWP spokesperson said: “We’re committed to ensuring that disabled people get the full support that they need, and under PIP 29% of people are getting the highest rate of support, compared with 15% under DLA.”

They added: “Assessments work well for the vast majority of people, but one person’s poor experience is one too many, and we’re committed to continuously improving the process for people so that they get the support they need.

“Decisions are made following consideration of all the information provided by the claimant, including supporting evidence from their GP or medical specialist.

“Nearly 3.1 million PIP decisions have been made, and of these 9% have been appealed and 4% have been overturned. In the majority of successful appeals, decisions are overturned because people have submitted more oral or written evidence.”

Mum appeals for Valentine’s Day cards for her disabled son, 5, who told her he ‘hates his face and wants a new one’

 

Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6319476/up-to-three-in-four-disabled-people-who-challenge-their-benefit-cuts-win-an-appeal/

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