68% of disability benefit assessments are overturned

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Successful appeals against disability benefit rulings are happening at a higher rate than ever, new figures have revealed.

68% of decisions to deny PIP support to disabled people are now overturned, it has emerged, after the DWP revealed that over 14,000 cases were successfully appealed by the claimant between July and September.

The figures, first reported by The Independent, follow news that the new PIP system, replacing the old DLA, has resulted in nearly half of reassessments meaning support is either reduced or withdrawn from claimants.

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Government statistics show 47% of people who were on the old DLA benefit system will receive less money to help them live independently on the new PIP system, which is currently being rolled out.

Out of the 947,000 people undergoing reassessments 22% had their money reduced and 25% had it cut altogether. Around 443,000 claimants had funding reduced or withdrawn.

But according to the DWP’s figures 13% of claimants’ support was unaffected while 39% had their funding increased.

Recently, PIP assessments were judged to be unacceptable by the Government’s quality control scheme.

Data showed the private firms which are responsible for PIP assessments, and earn more than £500m doing it, failed to meet their quality standards target after over 6% of assessments were deemed “unacceptable” between July and October.

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