Personal Independence Payment

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 4th March 2015.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government in relation to how many of the 441,900 Personal Independence Payment claims cleared by the Department of Work and Pensions between April 2013 and December 2014 an application for mandatory reconsideration was made; of those, how many initial decisions were overturned; of those in which mandatory reconsideration was unsuccessful how many appeals to the Social Security and Child Support Tribunal were made; and of those how many appeals were successful.

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The information requested on mandatory reconsiderations is not currently available.

The Department is working to guidelines set by the UK Statistics Authority to ensure we are able to publish statistics that meet high quality standards at the earliest opportunity. We intend to publish official statistics on mandatory reconsideration relating to Personal Independence Payment when they are ready. The release of information will be pre-announced in line with United Kingdom Statistics Authority release protocols.

Ministry of Justice (MoJ) statistics on appeals to the Social Security and Child Support Tribunal published in December 2014 showed that between July and September 2014 there were 796 Personal Independence Payment appeals cleared at Hearing, of which 339 (43%) were revised in the appellant’s favour. The MoJ statistics are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/tribunals-and-gender-recognition-certificate-statistics-quarterly-july-to-september-2014

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