Cost Of Benefit Appeals Quadruples

As reported by Benefits And Work the cost of a single benefit appeal has quadrupled to over £1,000 since 2013. 

However since the DWP (Department of Work and Pensions) introduced having to apply for a mandatory reconsideration, appeal rates have fallen from 549,000 in 2013 to now reaching 92,000.

Added to this the cost of benefit appeals has fallen dramatically from £140 million to £101 million a year.

Even though the DWP even losing on average 70% of PIP appeals, this is still saving them money because they don’t pay these costs because the Ministry of Justice does.

The DWP are aware that not every claimant actually takes their case to appeal though. Many give up after going through the stress of applying for a mandatory reconsideration, which have been proven to be traumatic and distressing.

For example if 16,000 claimants fail to get their PIP award of a standard rate daily living component for two years and don’t appeal, then the DWP saves over £100 million which is a massive saving for them. This casts no doubt as to the real reason as to why this system was implemented in the first place.

The government and the DWP will always put saving money before the wellbeing of vulnerable people, this should never be forgotten.

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5 thoughts on “Cost Of Benefit Appeals Quadruples”

  1. Most of the people who win their appeals should try to claim compensation for a breach of their rights under Article Six, because in most of these cases, the delay to their benefits caused by the wrong decision is unreasonable.
    Some claimants ought to sue the decision makers personally for misfeasance, because some of their decisions are utterly despicable. Probably the DWP would pay any awards that are made, but even if the worry that they are personally liable lasts only a moment, it would be worth doing for that reason as well..


  2. To be honest I am so sick and tired of the DWP and their antics, attitude, and awful terms and conditions. I truly hate them with a passion.


  3. The DWP in particular and the Tories in general get away with the most disgusting abuses of the poor. Trouble is many regular people, ordinary members of the public, are either unaware or are reactionary “I pay my Taxes” types who don’t care. I was chatting briefly to the security man who sits at a desk on the door to the Work Programme provider that I have to attend, he was moaning about foodbanks saying that he and his wife wouldn’t get anything because they both work and pay taxes and are in receipt of the State Pension as they both 68 years old! Well of course not, because they probably have a joint income of a grand per week plus savings etc. But that’s not the point. He would qualify for help if he wasn’t working and perhaps was a a widower with illness and unable to pay his rent/bills or with mobility issues etc. They just don’t think of others and assume that everyone is blagging a freebie. And in any case, why work if you’re 68? I know I wouldn’t. I can’t wait to Retire ASAP, but this guy I was talking to is afraid of retirement because he wouldn’t know what to do with himself, he is so conditioned by work, and that’s pretty sad.


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