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Record appeal success rates show this ‘cruel’ system is ‘unfit for purpose’ 14 Dec 2018 10:56 #12079

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Record disability benefit appeal success rates show this ‘cruel’ system is ‘unfit for purpose’

Record numbers of sick and disabled people are succesfully over-turning DWP disability benefit decisions on appeal.

Record numbers of sick and disabled people are winning appeals against cruel decisions to reduce or axe their vital disability benefits, official figures show.

Figures released by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) reveal that a record 72% of negative Personal Indepence Payment (PIP) decisions are overturned in favour of claimants on appeal.

The same percentage (72%) of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) are also successfully overturned at appeal stage, with critics and opponents of the disability benefit assessment system labelling the two benefits as “not fit for purpose”.

MoJ figures show 20,133 people who appealed a decision to change or deny their PIP between July and September 2018, of which 14,581 won their case at tribunal.

Meanwhile, 13,508 people appealed a decision to change or deny their ESA payments, of which 9,684 also won their case on appeal.

welfareweekly.com/record-disability-benefit-appeal-success-rates-show-this-cruel-system-is-unfit-for-purpose/
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Record appeal success rates show this ‘cruel’ system is ‘unfit for purpose’ 14 Dec 2018 11:22 #12080

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The whole assessing process has been engineered like some revolving door scenario where everyone who goes through this door is denied before they even begin. I will be up for my ESA assessment again very soon and fully expect to be appealing next year unless I get the very rare decision to allow my claim to continue based on fact and not fabrications. They are failing people who simply CANNOT work or be expected to navigate the Universal Credit system on a daily basis when they might well be dealing with sever difficulties.
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