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Penny Mordaunt, Minister of State for Disabled People, has admitted that a quarter of all claimants who won their personal Independence payment ((PIP) appeals in 2016 started out with zero points.

The shameful admission was made in answer to a written parliamentary question.

Mordaunt revealed that in 2016 a total of 34,110 PIP mandatory reconsiderations resulted in a higher award of PIP. Of these, 5,030 – amounting to 15% - were decisions where the claimant had originally been awarded zero points by the decision maker.

Worse still, out of a total of 32,070 PIP appeals that resulted in a higher award, 8,100 – or 25% - were originally zero points decisions.

The disclosure is a further damning indictment both of the assessments carried out by Atos and Capita and of the quality of decision making by the DWP itself.

You can read the full written answer on the parliament website.

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+3 #7 craftcrazy 2017-05-12 12:37
Quoting Ms Jat:
My son has been successful in his claim for PIP, not needing to attend a face to face consultation and I have found your website to be not as useful as you so seem for it to be. It was in fact my own ability as my son's Carer's and appointee to apply my background knowledge in legalese terms and be fully comprehensive and consistent in the facts of his needs, conditions and disabilities, that were consistently validated with over 24 pieces of up to date medical, care and consultant evidence. I have requested for my subscription to be suspended, as your service isn't for all...

After being a grateful Benefits and Work member for many years I am intrigued at reading your comment and would like to ask about your statement that the service "is not for everyone". I wonder what was it that upset you so much you felt compelled to suspend your membership? There are many people lacking in your ability to challenge a system which is so obviously rigged for them to fail. Benefits and Work members provide support to each other on this site and it is probable that you don't need it. .You might want to come back when you do?
#6 sunamm 2017-05-11 15:11
In a review, at my behest, of an investigation into themselves [Atos] let slip it was TICCS that handled the assessment. When I went back there to check them out, who should answer their door but the little robot woman whom was supposed to be Atos WHEN SHE ASSESSED me. TICCS had been given equitable parity to my data and worked to the same standards requirement ; 'approximately correct!' That's what they said when I challenged their 'approx. 30 metres' claim of their interior cakewalk [waiting room to office]. Apparently they had the high ground by virtue of being 'approximately correct'. I still can hardly believe it ... I surveyed it to proper coordinates @ 20 meters +/- 10% from where I signed in -- how do they get away with it!?
+4 #5 Phil Whelan 2017-05-11 11:06
Quoting Ms Jat:
My son has been successful in his claim for PIP, not needing to attend a face to face consultation and I have found your website to be not as useful as you so seem for it to be. It was in fact my own ability as my son's Carer's and appointee to apply my background knowledge in legalese terms and be fully comprehensive and consistent in the facts of his needs, conditions and disabilities, that were consistently validated with over 24 pieces of up to date medical, care and consultant evidence. I have requested for my subscription to be suspended, as your service isn't for all...
Bully for you Ms Zat, your assistance & knowledge is probably all many of us need.. How are you fixed, since it seems so easy for you? Without Bens&work website, I'd have been screwed a couple of years back already, & would no longer be here, if it weren't a life saver..
-5 #4 Ms Jat 2017-05-11 03:20
My son has been successful in his claim for PIP, not needing to attend a face to face consultation and I have found your website to be not as useful as you so seem for it to be. It was in fact my own ability as my son's Carer's and appointee to apply my background knowledge in legalese terms and be fully comprehensive and consistent in the facts of his needs, conditions and disabilities, that were consistently validated with over 24 pieces of up to date medical, care and consultant evidence. I have requested for my subscription to be suspended, as your service isn't for all...
+5 #3 Adrian 2017-05-10 14:29
Hi,
Just to let you folks out there its worth carrying on. I changed from dla to pip in november. Was on standard care and
high mobility . On pip i got standard care on both. Thought many times about an appeal but decided to go ahead anyway. Mainly because the dm was so bias saying i walked 40 meters in and out
of the interview room and out of the center. Even though i only moved 2mtrs in my own home. Also said with all my conditions i wasnt safe to drive and would be a danger on road. After 10 minuites in the appeal centre i got standard care and enhanced mobility. Result! Thankyou to all at benefitsand work for all the advice on how to challenge at appeals. Worked for me. Will keep every thing i used for the next review in 5 years. Thanks again.
+1 #2 craftcrazy 2017-05-10 11:46
Phil I know how you feel. Sometimes its impossible to stay strong. The decisions made by DWP are life changing and appear to be done on a whim no matter what we submit as our evidence. We are constantly being judged, our credibility under question. It affects our mental health, especially if we already have that problem. Please don't give up Phil. Please don't let them win. History will record what's happening and they will be made accountable , if not in this world it will be in the next.
+1 #1 Phil Whelan 2017-05-10 02:57
I've had multiple ESA assessments in just 12 months, another fresh form landed through the letterbox the day after my PIP assessment last week, which I'm waiting on the result of now. There were 7 pages of addendum to my PIP form, and the medical was a 1/2hr joke, by someone utterly unqualified. The stress of the constant attention to my ill health is detrimental to my health in itself. I see 5 different specialists.. I've not even had to appeal anything yet but I think I'm about to become one of IDS's victims.

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