Login FormClose

Free ESA, PIP and DLA Updates

With over 140,000 subscribers our fortnightly updates bulletin is the UK's leading source of benefits news. Get the facts about what's changing, how it affects you and how to prepare.   Get your free benefits updates now.

The number of disability living allowance (DLA) claimants being forced to apply for personal independence payment (PIP) has plummeted, DWP statistics released this week show. The DWP have said only that they are “managing capacity within the system.”

The DWP PIP Official Statistics, published on 14 June show a massive drop in the number of claims registered in April 2017. Claims are registered either when a new claim is made or when a current DLA claimant is informed by the DWP that they have to transfer to PIP.

For the current year, the number of PIP registrations was:

  • January 104,333
  • February 92,327
  • March 83,578
  • April 49,409

That means that there was a huge fall of over 50% in the number of registrations in April as compared to January.

The explanation given by the DWP is that:

“In recent months reassessment registrations have decreased due to DWP managing capacity within the system.”

The DWP also claim that the number of new claims made in April was low due to Easter and a high number of weekends in April.

Nonetheless, the main reason for such a drop has to be that dramatically fewer DLA to PIP cases are being sent to Atos and Capita.

To find numbers of PIP registrations as low as they were in April, you would have to look back to 2014, before the DWP began migrating claimants with indefinite DLA awards to PIP.

We cannot know the precise number of DLA reassessments that took place in April, because the DWP do not give a monthly breakdown of how many registrations are new claims and how many are DLA to PIP reassessments.

However, the DWP do give quarterly breakdowns. So we do know that in the three months to the end of October 2016, 158,400 DLA to PIP reassessments were registered.

In the three months to the end of January 2017, 178,300 were registered.

In the three months to April 2017, just 100,900 were registered.

So, there was a fall of 44% in the number of reassessments in the quarter to April 2017, compared to the quarter to the end of January.

Most of that fall appears to have happened in April itself, meaning that reassessments must have plummeted by at least two thirds, if not more.

The transfer of all working age DLA claimants to PIP was supposed to have been completed by April of this year. In fact there are still around 500,000 DLA claimants waiting for the dreaded reassessment letter to drop through the door.

The DWP are clearly keen to get the transfer of DLA claimants completed, given that they are already so far behind schedule. The fact that they have had to call a temporary halt to the mass transfer of claimants suggests that the assessment providers may be failing to keep up with demand.

It now seems likely that the transfer of all working DLA claimants to PIP will not be completed until some time in 2018.

You can download the latest PIP statistics from this link.

Comments  

#8 brian archer 2017-06-22 14:23
Iam67andhave been on DLA for twenty years. C o p d.emphysema and nueropathy,cram ps,osteo arthritis. Waiting for the dreaded brown envelope, dare not tell them I have gotten worse as the worse might happen. Don't think I could stand the appeals system. Is it worth it all. Arch.
#7 billhan 2017-06-22 11:15
Quoting John Raymond:
Spot on Billhan
I estimate that it will take another 7 or 8 yeaes to complete the pip rollout given these statistics
Thankyou


Thanks for the confirmation and detailed logic.

You are right this is even worse than my rough calculations.
This debacle is obviously being hidden from the public
while they concentrate on their flagship UC project.

After they similarly misjudged the migration of 2,000,000
from IB to ESA they should have realised 3,000,000
on DLA would be even more difficult to achieve.

Most people will benefit by staying on DLA for longer
but it extends an unnecessary period of stress and
worry. Many need to know their situation on
benefits so that they can make informed decisions
on things like housing and care commitments.

Leads to more money for ATOS and Capita less
for claimants.
+2 #6 John Raymond 2017-06-22 10:04
Spot on Billhan
I estimate that it will take another 7 or 8 yeaes to complete the pip rollout given these statistics
Thankyou
+3 #5 John Raymond 2017-06-22 10:00
Dear billhann
You are spot on with your comments re dla to pip numbers
Via the official government statistics there are still some 2,000,000 on DLA.(indefinite award) Despite the 1021,000 al,ready reasessesed and even allowing for a small number of claimants who were over 65 as of April 2013,there is a long long way to go before the DLA to pip rollout is completed.
So between 2013 and 2017 only about one third of all DLA indefinite award claimants have been reassessed! !!
With a huge 44%drop in reassessment rate over the last months plus the 2000,000 claimants on DLA left
I estimate that it is going to take another 7 or 8 yeaes to complete the rollout of pip.
Interestingly the official DWP line is that they select claimants "at random "
Code for a piecemeal marginal approch rather than a methodical system because the backlogs are huge and the DWP cannot cope.
You watch by the time current claimants reach 65 they will be told they can keep their DLA anyway!!!
We shall see.
Best wishes and thank you for your valuable observations Billhan
+3 #4 Toadlet 2017-06-21 15:30
Speaking purely from my own point of view, the longer I'm left on DLA without an attempted transfer to PIP the better. Our mortgage still has a couple of years to go so I worry about losing DLA in a review (although I have an indefinite award).

That said, the fact that this entire department is a complete shambles and totally financially motivated is appalling but nothing new!
+2 #3 donald king 2017-06-21 14:12
Possible explanations:

1) Atos & Capita are short of staff to do the assessments. Who with any shred of humanity would want to do work like this? The firms have a terrible reputation, and so do the assessments themselves.

2) DWP themselves are short of staff. The lower scales of DWP are hardly well-paid, and many may be opposed to the 'reforms,' and disgusted by what it has caused in some people's lives. With the number of appeals being fed into the system, DWP are too busy dealing with them to start creating even more.

3) More MPs (even some Tories who supported the reforms from 2010 onwards) are beginning to realise the inhumanity of DWP policy. Now we have a minority Tory government in a very shaky situation, the last thing they want to do is aggravate benefit claimants.

4) Those of us who have been on DLA for maybe 15 or 20 years are determined that we will not be bullied and frightened any more, even if do we have mental health problems. We will demand to be treated like human beings, not like human dross.
+5 #2 billhan 2017-06-20 21:12
Thank you for this interesting information and the link to the
relevant Government statistics.
These seem to show that 1,021,000 people have been transferred over from DLA to PIP. When PIP was announced they made very clear that over 3,000,000 people were in DLA. Surely this means that
there are over 2,000,000 still to be transferred to PIP?
The Government schedule was for this all to be complete in the two
years up to October 2017. Very vast miscalculation!
If it is 500,000 on DLA still to move to PIP they can expect a letter
in the next few months, if it is 2,000,000 it will be a delightfully
Long wait in most cases.
Does anyone have any clarification on these figures?
+4 #1 mike 2017-06-20 16:09
Hi,
That half a million claimants on dla are still awaiting that bloody brown envelope for reassessment to pip is an utter disgrace. What is it two years behind? Three years, now to be told it could be another one to two years before it arrives beggars belief.
Is there any other benefit or service or organisation that can treat it's customers, claimants or clients in such a carefree attitude. Oh, it's okay because your getting your benefits, what's the problem?
The problem is many people have now got worse over the last few years, but they are "afraid to mention it in case they become even worse off.
Mike.

You need to be logged in to comment