PIP denials are overturned in more than half of cases – here’s how to appeal.


PIP denials are overturned in more than half of the cases – here’s how to appeal.

More than half of Britons who were denied Personal Independence Payments (PIP) to help with a disability or long-term health condition are able to appeal.

PIP payments from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are used by 2.8 million people who find it difficult to carry out daily tasks due to their condition.

PIP payments of up to £608.60 per month help people with disabilities or long-term health conditions pay their bills.

Getting PIP isn’t always easy, and thousands of people are turned down every year.

According to the charity Scope, more than half (59%) of cases that go to a tribunal are successfully overturned.

As a result, campaigners are urging claimants who have been denied PIP benefits not to give up at the first hurdle.

PIP payments were introduced in 2013 to help people aged 16 to state pension age with the costs of a long-term health condition or disability.

Since then, the DWP has been gradually transitioning Britons to the new benefit, but it hasn’t all gone smoothly, with thousands of claimants being denied access to PIP.

The Scope figures back up concerns raised in December by a law firm in Bristol, which claimed that the number of appeals won in their experience is much higher.

“Our success rate has been in the 90th percentile for over three years,” said Karen Bowers, chief executive officer of the Bristol Law Centre. “The same can be said for North Bristol Advice Centre.”

“The national average overturn rate for PIP appeals is currently around 70%, and such a consistently high overturn rate strongly suggests a system failure for these individuals,” she explained.

“These assessments are performed in a routine manner, not tailored to the needs of the individual, and they consistently show inaccuracies between what is recommended in their report, and then adopted by the DWP, and the facts of the individual’s conditions and how their symptoms affect their ability to perform daily living tasks or mobilize.”

“The individual is also subject to re-traumatisation as a result of their failure to make the right decisions the first time, given the number of times they have to explain their situation to someone throughout the appeals process.”

According to a spokesperson for the Department of Work and Pensions, progress is being made.

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