PIP Mobility Review Update
Things had stalled due to Covid-19 but it looks like the DWP are back at it and the results are worse than ever:
I have compared the progress from 5 Jan 2020 (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pip-administrative-exercise-progress-on-cases-cleared-at-5-january-2020/pip-administrative-exercise-progress-on-cases-cleared-at-5-january-2020) to 17 Jan 2021 (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pip-administrative-exercise-progress-on-cases-cleared-at-17-january-2021/pip-administrative-exercise-progress-on-cases-cleared-at-17-january-2021)
The latest figures indicate that since 5 Jan 2020 there have been 340,000 cases reviewed with only 700 showing a revised award from this review so 0.21% of the reviewed cases. There is clearly something very awry with their methodology that is resulting in people with mental health conditions being denied the correct award for PIP despite the judgments in MH & RJ.
The original assessment was that 14% of cases would see an improved award and backdated payment, this was the figure presented to the Courts and parliament to try and avoid any further detailed scrutiny of the DWP and their approach.
If anyone has a service user who has had their review result recently, it is negative and you think it is wrong we have angles to work beyond simply challenging the review outcome here.
We need to challenge this appalling attempt to circumvent the law or it will continue to happen time and time again.
I have picked up an appeal for a client which is due to be heard on Friday 10.45.
Client was turned down on 15/11/2016 and asked for a MR but did not appeal. (Awarded 2pts D/L and 0pts mob). DWP are stating that as there was no appeal then it can’t be looked at because outside of the 13 month time limit and it “is not an issue that can be considered by the Decision Maker or the Tribunal.”
Reapplied in 2017 and awarded Enhanced D/d and standard mobility (10pts 1e) from 28/12/2017.
I’m interested in anything you have to offer.
Thanks for the reply.
My contact details are here: https://www.leighday.co.uk/about-us/our-people/senior-staff/ryan-bradshaw/
Would be happy to hear from you to discuss what can be done.
Would you mind a brief update on what happened at that appeal? I’m intrigued
At the minute I am gathering ammo to go to the DWP and try to get to the bottom of what this LEAP review has actually consisted of.
We think that any challenge is best coming from an organisation rather than an individual but we may need to re-visit this or even gather case studies. There is something very wrong going on here that much is apparent.