DWP Tried To Con PIP Inquiry

Same Difference

With many thanks to Benefits And Work.

 

The DWP have attempted to mislead the work and pensions select committee over the accuracy of PIP and ESA decisions.

In a document entitled ‘Work and Pensions Select Committee PIP and ESA Assessments inquiry: Supporting Statistics’ the DWP argue that only “A small proportion of decisions are overturned at MR [mandatory reconsiderations] or appeal”.

The document presents figures showing that only 4% of PIP decisions and 3% of ESA decisions are overturned at mandatory reconsideration.

What the document fails to explain is that many claimants are prevented from requesting a mandatory reconsideration in the first place, because call centre staff repeatedly mislead claimants by telling them:

You are not allowed to request a mandatory reconsideration by phone, you must do so in writing;

You must have new medical evidence before you can ask for a mandatory reconsideration.

Neither of these statements is…

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