Pensioners: Personal Independence Payment

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 29th October 2019.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 5 September 2019 to Question 282280, what proportion of claimants transferring from disability living allowance who were over 65 on the date of their application for personal independence payment have (a) requested a mandatory reconsideration and (b) appealed to a tribunal.

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

On 12th September 2019 the Department published new experimental statistics tracking initial decisions following a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment through to Mandatory Reconsiderations (MR) or appeals, available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/personal-independence-payment-april-2013-to-july-2019

Based on these new experimental statistics, 24% of claimants transferring from Disability Living Allowance who were over 65 on the date of their application for PIP have requested an MR and 11% have lodged an appeal, after an initial decision following a PIP assessment.

These figures cover initial decisions following a PIP assessment since PIP was introduced up to March 2019, and for MRs and appeals to June 2019. They do not include decisions, MRs and appeals relating to decisions prior to an assessment being completed (disallowances due to failure of basic eligibility criteria or non-return of the Part 2 form within the time limit and have not been marked as requiring additional support, or disallowances following the claimant failing to attend the assessment without good reason).

PIP data includes normal rules and special rules for the terminally ill claimants.

MR and appeal figures include those awarded PIP at initial decision as well as those disallowed.

Claimants who have received benefit decisions more recently may not yet have had time to complete the claimant journey and progress to MR or appeal.

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