Information on appeal outcomes in relation to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) Work Capability Assessments by several geographical areas is available on Stat-Xplore.
Guidance on how to use Stat-Xplore can be found here:
The mandatory reconsideration process was introduced in 2013. The latest available information for Great Britain on the number of mandatory reconsiderations can be found in the ESA Outcomes of Work Capability Assessments quarterly statistics published here:
It is the intention to produce further geographical breakdowns of these statistics in the future.
Between April 2014 and June 2018, 3.7m ESA (post WCA) decisions have been made in Great Britain, of these 8% have been appealed and 4% have been overturned.
Since PIP was introduced 3.7m decisions have been made in Great Britain up to September 2018, of these 10% have been appealed and 5% have been overturned.
2018 (Jan – Sep)
Decision Overturned at Appeal
Appeal Overturn Rate
From 2014 through to September 2018 in Bradford East, of the 720 appeals, 430 (59%) saw the decision overturned. Since PIP was introduced up to September 2018 9,650 initial decisions have been made in Bradford East and 4% have been overturned at appeal.
The information requested for PIP Mandatory Reconsiderations (MR) in Bradford East is shown in the table below, by year of MR clearance.
2018 (Jan - Oct)
New Decision – Award Changed at MR
Decision Unchanged/Not Revised at MR
Percentage of MRs where the Decision was Changed
Data has been rounded to the nearest 10.
PIP Appeals data taken from the DWP PIP computer system’s management information. Therefore this 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.
PIP was introduced in 2013 to replace Disability Living Allowance for working age people.
The 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.
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).
Some decisions which are changed at MR, and where the claimant continues to appeal for a higher PIP award, are then changed again at tribunal appeal. Therefore the number of people who had a decision changed at MR and the number of people who had a decision changed at tribunal appeal cannot be added together.