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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