We already know that there is something fundamentally wrong with the DWP decision making process in respect of disability benefits, however new figures that have just been released show that the problem is prevalent in other benefits as well.
The governments new flagship benefit Universal Credit also appears to subjecting claimants to fundamentally flawed decision making with nearly 50% of all cases going to independent appeal finding that the Universal Credit decision makers have subjected the claimant to unnecessary stress and hardship through incorrect application of the DWP's own guidance for decision makers and also the Universal Credit regulations.
The new Ministry of Justice statistics highlight that the overturn rate for personal independence payment appeals has increased by seven percentage points to 71% since last year
Social security appeals disposed of by a tribunal go in favour of the claimant in 66 per cent of cases, according to new Ministry of Justice statistics.
The new figures, that cover the period January to March 2018, highlight that, of the 54,100 appeal disposals in the period, 82 per cent were cleared at a hearing and, of these, 66 per cent had the initial decision revised in favour of the claimant (up from 64 per cent in the same period in 2017).
In addition, the new statistics show that 71 per cent of personal independence payment appeals were found in favour of the claimant, up seven percentage points on the same period last year, an increase noted by the Ministry as driving the overall increase in the overturn rate. For other benefits, the overturn rate was;
The message from these figures is clear; The DWP are still making a significantly large number of mistakes in the decisions they make in relation to the benefits people rely on to be able to survive day to day. If you have been subjected to a benefit decision that you believe is incorrect, making use of the appeals process of requesting a Mandatory Reconsideration followed by pursuing your case via an Independent appeal Tribunal stands a substantially high chance of achieving a better decision for you.
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