Personal Independence Payment: Battersea

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 15th April 2019.

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Photo of Marsha de Cordova Marsha de Cordova Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) (Disabled People)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average waiting time for a mandatory reconsideration after a personal independence payment assessment was in Battersea constituency in each of the last five years for which data is available.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Information on median clearance times for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Mandatory Reconsiderations (MRs) is provided in the table below.

Median Clearance Times, in Calendar Days, for PIP MRs, Normal Rules by Financial Year of MR Clearance, Battersea Parliamentary Constituency:

Financial Year of MR Clearance

Median Calendar Days for MR to be Cleared

2013/14

29

2014/15

30

2015/16

25

2016/17

31

2017/18

33

2018/19

(April 2018 - January 2019)

40

Source: PIP Computer System

This data on PIP MR clearance times is unpublished data. It should be used with caution and it may be subject to future revision.

Measures to reduce the number of outstanding MRs include:

  • Age profiles of outstanding work are managed at a national level to ensure that cases which have been outstanding for longest are actioned first.
  • Resource levels dedicated to the clearance of MRs have been regularly reviewed with significant recruitment, training and redeployment undertaken to support reduced clearance times.

MR is a key element of the decision making process for both the Department and claimants, and whilst ensuring they make quality decisions, decision makers work hard to clear applications without delay. Gathering the right evidence is critical at the MR stage if decisions are not to go to appeal; and we are reviewing our processes to not only obtain this, but to do so whilst continuing to make decisions timeously.

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