To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have died while waiting for their personal independence payment assessment to be completed; and what conditions those people died from.
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who applied for personal independence payment died within six months of making their application.
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have died while waiting for their eligibility for personal independence payment to be determined, and what the main disabling condition was of those people.
All benefit claims can be made under the special rules for people who are terminally ill which will mean that they are fast tracked. These are currently being cleared within 6 working days for new claimants to PIP. The Department would encourage all claimants with a terminal illness to let the department know and to apply using the special rules.
The cause of death of PIP claimants is not collated centrally by the Department.
Over 3.6 million applications to PIP were made between April 2013 and 30th April 2018. Of these:
Under the Social Security (Notification of Deaths) Regulations 2012 and s125 of Social Security Administration Act 1992 date of death is provided to the Department for all registered deaths. Additionally next of kin also provide information on the date of death of an individual and this information is used appropriately in the administration of Departmental benefits.