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Victories in PIP appeals reach their highest rate ever 10 Mar 2018 09:59 #6484

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Victories in PIP appeals reach their highest rate ever – but only a tiny number of claimants appeal. Here’s why

10 Saturday Mar 2018; Posted by Mike Sivier

It’s great that the percentage rate of successful appeals against refusal of Personal Independence Payment is at its highest ever.

But that number hides the fact that only eight per cent of those who have been refused the benefit appeal.

This is because the Conservative government does not want to pay the benefit to anybody at all. Even payments to those who most clearly qualify are only granted because the recipients are likely to die in the near future.

So they learned from their experience with appeals against bad ESA decisions, and introduced a delaying tactic called Mandatory Reconsideration.

Those who are refused the benefit must go through the MR process before they may appeal to a tribunal – and they are paid nothing during the time they spend waiting for MR.

Simply put, the Tories starve them out.

That is the reason, as the DWP spokesperson states at the end of the Mirror article quoted below, only “eight per cent have been appealed and four per cent have been overturned”.

In addition, there is no support available for claimants who want to appeal.

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