Personal Independence Payment: Scotland

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 6th July 2018.

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Photo of Lesley Laird Lesley Laird Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of personal independence payment have been successful on appeal at tribunal in (a) Scotland and (b) the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency in the last year.

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

For Personal Independence Payment (PIP) decisions made in 2016/17 (the most recent period available to allow for most appeals to have been completed), the number of appeals in the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency and Scotland were as follows:

Decision Maintained

Decision Overturned

Total Appeals

Total Decisions

Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath










To put these figures into context 7% of PIP decisions in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath were appealed and 5% were overturned. For Scotland as a whole the figures were 8% and 5%.


  • Appeals data is up to March 2018 and excludes withdrawn appeals.
  • PIP data includes normal rules and special rules for the terminally ill claimants, and is for both new claims and DLA reassessment claims
  • Data has been rounded to the nearest 10.
  • Percentages have been rounded to the nearest percent.
  • Components may not sum to totals due to rounding.
  • Appeals data taken from the DWP PIP computer system’s management information and count one appeal per claim. Therefore this appeal data may differ from that held by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service for various reasons such as delays in data recording and other methodological differences in collating and preparing statistics.
  • Decisions overturned at appeal may include a number of appeals that have been lapsed (which is where DWP changed the decision after an appeal was lodged but before it was heard at Tribunal)
  • The Local Authority and Government Office Region geography relates to the origin of the claim (i.e. derived from claimant’s postcode) rather than the location of where the tribunal was held.

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