Personal Independence Payment: Appeals

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 15th June 2018.

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Photo of Faisal Rashid Faisal Rashid Labour, Warrington South

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the reasons for the number of disallowed personal independence payments claims that are successfully appealed at tribunal.

Photo of Sarah Newton Sarah Newton The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Decisions are overturned at appeal in the main because of the oral evidence provided by the claimant at the hearing; and because of new written evidence not previously seen by the department’s decision makers. Tribunals do of course also reach a different conclusion based on the same evidence. But it should be noted that since PIP was introduced, up until December 2017, of the 3.1m decisions made 4% have been overturned at appeal.

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