For a long time now the DWP (Department of Work and Pensions) have been lying about why they lose so many PIP (Personal Independence payments) appeals at the time of appeal.
The DWP cite that the only reason why claimants win their appeal at the hearing stage is as a result of the claimant has submitted new evidence that the DWP were unaware of.
However this is a lie.
According to the team over at Benefits And Work and through my experience of representing people it is clear to see that the claimant hadn’t submitted any new evidence, but instead were given the opportunity to tell the panel exactly the same details that they’d produced in their application and subsequently their PIP assessment.
It’s clear to see that the main difference is that the claimant was given a good and fair chance of describing their situation and that their statements weren’t falsified as is often the case during their original assessment.
Figures given by the DWP in response to a parliamentary question prove further that they were lying.
The figures released show that in 2021 the main reasons that PIP claimants successfully won their PIP appeals are as follows:
New written evidence provided at the hearing: 1%
Cogent oral evidence: 32%
Reached a different conclusion on substantially the same facts: 59%
Once again the DWP have been caught lying which sadly isn’t unusual.
The stress of applying for PIP, being refused and taking a claim to appeal can be too much for many to endure. A claimant can be waiting for a substantial amount of time until their appeal date thus resulting in many giving up their claim which is understandable.
It is however worth remembering that if a claimant goes through the appeal process they do stand a chance of being successful proving it to be worth enduring this cruel process.
Thanks to the team over at Benefits And Work for providing this information.
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