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Award rates for disability living allowance (DLA) to personal independence payment (PIP) reassessments have fallen to their lowest level almost since the transfer of DLA claimants began.

DLA to PIP award rates
In January 2017, 72% of DLA to PIP claimants received an award, rising to a high of 75% in March 2017.

However, the award rates have now been falling for the last four months for which figures are available.

In July 2017, the award rate for DLA to PIP reassessments had fallen to 68%.

Only in January and February 2014, when reassessments first began were rates lower, at 8% and 35% respectively.

New claims award rates
PIP award rates for new claims, on the other hand, have increased over the course of the year.

In January 2017 38% of new PIP claims resulted in an award.

In July 2017 43% of new PIP claims resulted in an award.

This is still considerably lower than the highs of 62% and 61% recorded in March to May 2014.

Monthly award rates for PIP new claims vary very considerably, raising even greater concerns about the reliability of the assessments. Even this year they have varied between a low of 32% and a high of 46%.

These figures exclude claims made under the special rules for terminally ill people.

You can download the latest PIP statistics from this link.

Comments  

+2 #3 gwen 2017-10-04 12:53
I was DLA, middle care, higher mobility, this stopped in May2017. Failed assessment, and MR, have appealed, still waiting, initially applied in January 2017. Now been diagnosed with Angina too, definitely brought about by the stress, also, worried I might lose my home. I am 67 now, and sorry to say,the guides, obviously didn't work for me. Feeling beyond despondent!
+1 #2 Anne Mumford 2017-09-23 14:11
How long does it usually take to get a decision on DLA to PIP. I have had a 'home assessment, but it has all been going on for approx. 5 months now and the stress and tension is making me ill. I am terrified of losing my Motability car because it would mean that I couldn't leave the house. The process is cruel and I feel that I am being punished somehow. Having provided a number of reports from GPs, surgeons etc. I can't believe that it takes this length of time to make a decision
#1 Jim Allison 2017-09-20 17:23
As Steve's article states those on DLA and having to claim PIP instead have fallen to an all time low.

However, don't be despondent because my contacts from the Tribunal section of Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) have advised me that successful appeals in this area have now risen to 65%, thats 3% higher than the 62% which was published recently by DWP.

Official figures will be released publicly later in September 2017.

However, because I was formerly a DLA Tribunal Member, I still have reliable contacts. A 65% success rate just proves that Decision Makers/Case Managers are getting their facts wrong, and Tribunals are putting decisions right with a 65% success rate. This is much higher than when there was no PIP, just DLA. Good luck to all.

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