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Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payment: Mental Illness (16 Oct 2018)

Sarah Newton: ...Statement of 25 June 2018 (HCWS793) my Department has begun carrying out an administrative exercise to identify anyone who may be entitled to more support under Personal Independence Payment (PIP) as a result of the MH and RJ judgments. We have estimated that approximately 200,000 claimants will gain as a result of the MH judgment by 2023-24 and will be monitoring the outcomes of the...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payment (16 Oct 2018)

Sarah Newton: Information on the number of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Mandatory Reconsideration clearances by type is given in Table 7b of the quarterly statistical publication “Personal Independence Payment: Official Statistics to July 2018”, available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/personal-independen ce-payment-april-2013-to-july-2018 Information on the number of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Contracted-out Health Assessments (15 Oct 2018)

Sarah Newton: Let us not forget that behind every statistic is a person. That is why I focus on the claimant satisfaction survey data. Overall the customer satisfaction rate is positive, with 87% for PIP and over 90% for the work capability assessment in ESA. We continually look at how we can improve accuracy in our processes.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (15 Oct 2018)

Lloyd Russell-Moyle: I had a constituent with severe learning impairment who, being unable to read the letters she received about the transition to PIP, had her DLA payments suspended. How can the Secretary of State justify a managed migration for disabled people when the Government cannot even get the basics right of communicating with people?

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payment (15 Oct 2018)

Sarah Newton: We continue to review the pace of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) reassessment activity on a regular basis to make sure that we are striking an appropriate balance between inviting eligible claimants to claim PIP in a timely manner and ensuring the system is working as effectively as possible. Children in receipt of DLA when reaching age 16 will...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Motability (12 Oct 2018)

Sarah Newton: .... While the Department works closely with Motability, it is an independent charitable organisation that is wholly responsible for the terms and the administration of the Motability scheme. Where PIP claimants are no longer entitled to enhanced rate mobility; Motability’s current policy is to allow scheme vehicles to be retained by the claimant for eight weeks. If the original...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payment (11 Oct 2018)

Sarah Newton: ...levels. The providers also conduct internal auditing to assure quality and these figures are not included. With effect from 12 June 2017 Atos Healthcare changed the business name they use for PIP work from Atos to Independent Assessment Services (IAS). The number of IAS PIP assessments randomly audited is available from the commencement of the independent audit process in June 16. -...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations (11 Oct 2018)

Sarah Newton: Please find attached numbers as requested. We’ve interpreted the request as audits for all WCA and PIP assessments given that the request is a) ESA b) personal. The numbers below relate to audits undertaken in order for the department to measure contractual quality service levels. The providers also conduct internal auditing to assure quality and these figures are not included. The...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Personal Independence Payment: Appeals (11 Oct 2018)

Lucy Frazer: ...additional judges and panel members, and to take forward initiatives with the potential to increase the capacity and performance of the Tribunal. The Tribunal panel hearing Personal Independence Payment (PIP) appeals is constituted of a judge, a medical member, and a disability qualified tribunal member. HMCTS has recently recruited 250 judges across the First-tier Tribunal; up to 125...

Personal Independence Payment - Question (10 Oct 2018)

Baroness Buscombe: ...and 4% of all decisions have been successfully appealed. We are committed to making further improvements to the quality of decision-making and have now deployed 150 presenting officers across PIP and ESA to provide valuable insight into why decisions are overturned at tribunal.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payment (9 Oct 2018)

Sarah Newton: We are absolutely committed to improving the overall Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claimant experience as this is what claimants rightly expect and deserve. The three waves of research that have been completed, and were published in the PIP Claimant Research – Final Report have provided valuable insights, alongside other sources, to make improvements to the PIP application...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payment: Terminal Illnesses (9 Oct 2018)

Sarah Newton: ...of charge while undergoing medical or other treatment as an in-patient in a hospital or similar institution funded by the NHS, payment of (but not entitlement to) Personal Independence Payment (PIP) ceases after 28 days. This is on the basis that the NHS is responsible for the entirety of the person’s disability-related extra costs and to pay PIP in addition would be a duplication of...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payment (9 Oct 2018)

Sarah Newton: ...Written Statement of 25 June 2018 (HCWS793), my Department is carrying out an administrative exercise to identify anyone who may be entitled to more support under Personal Independence Payment (PIP) as a result of the MH and RJ judgments. As additionally outlined in the Written Statement of 25 June 2018, I am committed to updating the House regularly and a statement on progress of this...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (9 Oct 2018)

Lucy Frazer: I referred earlier to the steps we are taking in the MOJ in relation to medical members to reduce social security PIP and ESA appeals, but we are also introducing 250 more judges across tribunals. I welcome the very recent appointment of Grant Harvey Bird in September as a salaried judge for the first-tier tribunal in Gloucestershire.

Scottish Parliament: Social Security Charter (2 Oct 2018)

Mark Griffin: ...with people on social security and not simply dictating a system to them. We have seen the horrors that the Tory overhaul of disability benefits has led to. Disabled Scots will lose £190 million through the PIP, and hundreds of thousands are gaining entitlement only through court rulings instead of a fair process. Since the most recent Holyrood elections, 50,000 people have already...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payment (26 Sep 2018)

Lord Clark of Windermere: To ask Her Majesty's Government, following their decision to review 1.6 million Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claims as a result of the court ruling in January CP v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (PIP): [2018] UKUT 5 (AAC), how many of those in receipt of PIP who have been further re-assessed since February have been informed of the outcome.

Scottish Parliament: Social Security (26 Sep 2018)

Michelle Ballantyne: ...welcome the commencement of the delivery of devolved benefits, and we thank all those who have helped in the process. Last October, a Scottish Government report highlighted the clear divergence in PIP award rates between local authorities across Scotland. The report stated that, for new claimants, award rates varied between 52 per cent in East Dunbartonshire and 37 per cent in Dundee city....

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Disability (13 Sep 2018)

Sarah Newton: The “Outturn and forecast: Spring Statement 2018 (ODS)” table shows spending on Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP) and Attendance Allowance (AA) in both cash and real terms from introduction to 2016/17, the latest date for which published outturn data is available. Table 1: Disability benefits...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Pensioners: Personal Independence Payment (13 Sep 2018)

Sarah Newton: The latest available data on Personal Independence Payment (PIP) clearances (claim outcome) split by geographical area (Country, local authority and parliamentary constituency), by age, by type of clearance (i.e. whether the claim was awarded, disallowed or withdrawn) and by type of claim (new claim or reassessment) can be found at https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/ Guidance on how to use...


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