Disabled benefit appeals that defeat the DWP cost £26m to run - in a single year

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Disabled benefit appeals that defeat the DWP cost £26m to run - in a single year

Post by Tobias » Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:32 pm

Disabled benefit appeals that defeat the DWP cost £26m to run - in a single year

By Dan Bloom

The cost of running just one part of the tribunal system shows how benefit tests aren't just hitting claimants - they're hurting the taxpayer too

Taxpayers have spent more than £26million in a single year running the appeal court that rules against the DWP’s cruel disability benefit tests.

The bill exposes the huge toll on taxpayers of a “broken” assessment system that campaigners say is failing millions of disabled people in the UK.

More than 60,000 appeals against a test for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) - worth up to £148.85 a week - ruled against the government in 2018.

That was 72% of all tribunals. And many claimants say they are denied benefits for months due to basic errors.

Now the Ministry of Justice - which runs the tribunals - has released the estimated cost of running these hearings.

Ministers say the cost merely for PIP hearings that ruled against the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in 2018 was £26.5m.

The real cost will be far higher, as the estimate was just for one year and does not include cases the DWP won.

It also excludes the £90million spent by the DWP itself, over five years, fighting and preparing for PIP appeals.

Justice Secretary David Gauke released the figure in a letter to Labour's Shadow Minister for Disabled People, Marsha De Cordova.

She said: "It is outrageous that tens of millions are being spent upholding this unfit for purpose assessment framework.

"The appalling inaccuracies of PIP assessments are destroying disabled people’s lives and wasting huge amounts of public resources."

Mr Gauke said the figure was only an estimate and the government is working to better understand the full costs.

The huge cost is not the only problem, either.

The sheer number of cases means claimants face huge waiting times - with the average PIP claimant having to wait 31 weeks for a hearing.

Mr Gauke said the Ministry of Justice has introduced 'triage' sessions to manage cases, reducing waiting times.

MOJ chiefs are also working with the DWP "to understand what could be done to reduce the number of appeals".

That includes the DWP proactively contacting claimants to gather extra evidence at an earlier stage.

A DWP spokeswoman said: "Of the 3.9 million PIP decisions we’ve made only 5% have been overturned at appeal.

"But we recognise this is too high and we have introduced a new approach to gather evidence to make the right decision earlier, so that claimants don’t need to wait for a hearing."

Official figures show 60,011 out of 83,417 PIP appeals that were completed in 2018 ruled against the DWP.

Last year, we revealed the DWP ran up an estimated £199million in 'direct operating costs' between 2013/14 and 2017/18 dealing with PIP and ESA benefit appeals.

The first stage, internal reviews called Mandatory Reconsiderations, cost the DWP an estimated £50.7m for ESA and £43.4m for PIP over five years.

The second stage, external appeal tribunals, cost the DWP an estimated £58.7m for ESA and £46.2m for PIP.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/ ... p-16501426

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Re: Disabled benefit appeals that defeat the DWP cost £26m to run - in a single year

Post by jeff3 » Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:02 am

hmmm it was never about saving monies only that it went out to their mates ie companies thuss allowing jobs for the boys back handers oh dear
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Post by Tobias » Sat Jun 22, 2019 10:54 pm

Wait till we get the new PM Jeff it can only get worse.

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Re: Disabled benefit appeals that defeat the DWP cost £26m to run - in a single year

Post by jeff3 » Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:33 am

boris oh eck

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Post by Tobias » Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:04 pm

I hope it's the other one, just so I can hear BBC presenters say his name wrong lol there's less chance of him starting World War 3 :nuts:

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Re: Disabled benefit appeals that defeat the DWP cost £26m to run - in a single year

Post by SmokeyBandit » Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:40 am

Both as bad as the other...No hope with either of the two dimwits. The only :news: is with a Labour Gov; & Corbyn. :yes:
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Post by Tobias » Thu Jun 27, 2019 1:20 pm

A Tory Govt whoever is PM is always bad news for the majority of the populus, just a sad pity that some of the working classes that vote for them allow themselves to be influenced by Tory BS.

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Re: Disabled benefit appeals that defeat the DWP cost £26m to run - in a single year

Post by SmokeyBandit » Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:59 pm

The Sheep that follow this rabid cult called Tories are so gullable. It is hard to fathom out exactly the reasons why. & now we have the prat Nigel Farage we have to contend with. I really do not get it. Am I going crazy for not understanding them when it is full in the face of them all. Propergander from both BBC & the main street papers who are the ones running scared of JC. People need to wake up to the fact they are being hypnotised by the smears and lies.

I worry for the future. Not only for myself, but my Son. What future is there for him and his kin. SFA... Unless. Well I'll leave that there.
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Post by Tobias » Sat Jun 29, 2019 3:48 pm

SmokeyBandit wrote:
Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:59 pm
Unless. Well I'll leave that there.
lol I know where you're coming from :wasntme:

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Re: Disabled benefit appeals that defeat the DWP cost £26m to run - in a single year

Post by jeff3 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:16 pm

working to better understand the full costs. hmmm they now but will stimy tribunals if they get their way

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