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Government are making thousands of wrong PIP decisions

Department of Work and Pensions headquarters
Department of Work and Pensions headquarters Image credit: independentliving.co.uk

A leading charity has said the government overturns a wrong decision for disability benefits every minute of the working day.

According to Scope more than 12,000 people are making successful claimants after having their Personal Independence Payment (PIP) being rejected by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).

The allowance supports people with disabilities cover their extra living costs, if their application is turned down a claimant can raise an appeal and a DWP advisor will reconsider the verdict after investigating the case.

If the PIP claim is still rejected the case can be taken to an independent tribunal.

Scope has revealed between July 2019 and June 2021 there has been an average of 12,579 successful appeal every month which equates to 1.3 decisions per minute of a five eight-hour working week.

The charity is calling for disabled people to be offered a specialist assessor to analyse their case when they apply for PIP via the DWP and the government to ensure they make the correct decisions when appeals are first raised.

Scope’s campaign, Disability Benefits Without The Fight, has already been supported by more than 10,000 people.

James Taylor, executive director of strategy at Scope, said: "These wrong decisions throw a person's life into turmoil. Having to fight for financial support puts a huge toll on disabled people's mental and physical health and can plunge families into poverty.

"Disabled people are being systematically failed. The benefits system should work for disabled people, not against them.

"The system is getting it wrong far too many times."

Figures obtained by The Independent reveal the government spent over £12million on disability benefits appeals for PIP and Employment Support Allowance between 2017 and 2019.

The DWP said they do make the right decisions for the majority of PIP claims and 4.4 million initial decisions between April 2013 and March 2021, 9% had been appealed and 5% overturned at tribunal.

For information on how to claim Personal Independent Payment visit the GOV.UK website.