PIP: Claimants win appeal cases against DWP – how to access disability benefits


Over the last three years, more than 293,000 people across the UK have overturned a government decision at tribunal, according to official statistics. Furthermore, a recent Freedom of Information request found that 1,000 people across the country have died while formally challenging the status of their DWP benefit award. The majority of claimants who put forward an appeal case are those looking to receive regular PIP payments.

PIP is a benefit payment facilitated by the DWP which can help someone with some of the extra costs if they have a long term physical or mental health condition or disability.

The amount in payment someone receives from the Government depends on how their disability affects them, not the disability in of itself.

This benefit scheme can be accessed directly through the local Jobcentre, DWP office or by applying online.

Receiving regular PIP payments does not affect a claimant’s ability to receive other benefits from the DWP, including Universal Credit.

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Currently, PIP is made up of two separate components: a daily living component and a mobility component.

The daily living payment goes towards paying for everyday living expenses, while the mobility payment provides financial assistance.

Both payments are tax-free and claimants will need to be assessed by a medical professional to determine how much they get.

Through PIP, the daily living component is made up of a weekly rate either £60.00 or £89.60, while the mobility component includes a weekly rate either £23.70 or £62.55.

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Applications may be rejected by the DWP, however claimants are still able to challenge the department’s decision through a “mandatory reconsideration”.

However, if the DWP rejects the PIP application again, many claimants decide to appeal the case through a tribunal.

This tribunal court will examine all the evidence from both sides, then make a final decision regarding the case.

Crucially, the tribunal is part of the court system and is not associated directly with the DWP, providing fairness for each case.

Specifically, the tribunal will look at whether the decision was made at the right time in regards to the individual.

Most importantly, the court will never factor whether a person’s condition has got worse since then as part of their decision-making.

In order to access the appeal process, claimants will need a letter from the DWP with the words ‘mandatory reconsideration notice’ at the top.

Furthermore, they will need to send their appeal form within one month of the date shown on the mandatory reconsideration notice.

According to Citizens Advice, it is crucial all PIP claimants make the most of the help and support that is on offer before going to court.

On its website, the financial advice website stated: “You might be able to get someone like an adviser or a solicitor to act as your representative during the appeal, but they’re not always available.

“Your local Citizens Advice or law centre might help you find one, but if there are costs you can’t get legal aid to cover them if you live in England or Wales.

“You might be able to get help with costs in Scotland. A representative can help you with the paperwork and might speak on your behalf.”

Anyone looking to launch an appeal against the DWP’s decision over their PIP disability benefits should contact Citizens Advice for further guidance.



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