The charity Scope says the system is working against claimants, who appear to be disproportionately denied when they apply and are then forced to challenge the DWP in court.
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Personal Independent Payment (PIP) claimant too harshly treated by the government, new research shows, 67% of denials win when appealed in court.
Research by a charity for people with disabilities Limit , the company that made the report, said this showed the system was “against the disabled”.
PIP is a benefit intended to help people with long-term physical or mental health conditions or disabilities. It is paid by Department of employment and pensions (DWP).
If PIP complainants are not satisfied with the DWP’s decision, they must appeal the decision in court.
But Scope said 67 percent of government decisions about PIPs are overturned when challenged in this way, suggesting the DWP is too rigorous when it comes to assessing claims about PIP.
Range came up with numbers by analyzing court data from the Department of Justice.
Range strategy executive director James Taylor said: “These numbers show that the system is working against people with disabilities. Yet again, a large proportion of decisions are being turned upside down.
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“Behind these huge numbers are many difficult stories of people with disabilities and their families, who have faced months of stress, fear and anxiety because of not being trusted. financial support to help them live independently.
“These wrong decisions throw a person’s life into turmoil. Struggling for financial support takes a huge toll on the mental and physical health of people with disabilities and can push families into poverty.”
Scope is calling on PIP claimants to have the right to seek an informed benefit assessor when making a claim.
Taylor added: “We’ve heard from a lot of people with disabilities who feel their assessors don’t understand their condition or how it affects their lives.
“An appropriately knowledgeable assessor should be able to understand the true impact of someone’s condition and how it can fluctuate, and give people with disabilities confidence that they will get a fair assessment and the right decision the first time.”
The DWP has been approached for comment.
What is PIP?
PIP support can be up to £152.15 a week.
The PIP consists of two parts – the daily living rate for people who struggle with daily tasks and the mobility rate for those who need help getting out or about.
The weekly fee for the mobile portion of PIP is £23.70 or £62.55, which equates to £94.80 or £250.22 a month.
Claimants would have been awarded the standard PIP travel rate if their psyche had prevented them from undertaking any unaccompanied unfamiliar journeys.
And they should have been scaled up if they couldn’t make any of the familiar journeys without support.
The Mirror previously reported that 90% of veterans who try to claim PIP for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are denied .
Some veterans tell us they have even attempted suicide, faced homelessness or become dependent on food banks after being denied a PIP, the money could be. 50% of their income.
Many people developed PTSD because of their military careers, and now they feel abandoned by the very government they once dedicated part of their lives to.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/dwp-treating-pip-claimants-too-25665012 DWP treats PIP claimants 'too harsh' as figures show 7 out of 10 court appeals win