Greater than 1,000,000 disabled people have been wrongly turned away when attempting to seek financial support. In addition to causing distress and poverty, it’s costing the Government a fortune in fighting unsuccessful appeals.
Express.co.uk recently highlighted how claimants say they’ve been turned down by the DWP, despite affected by cancer, triple heart attacks, brain tumours, strokes and other debilitating illnesses.
This horror stories were revealed by Waspi women campaigner Liz Latham, who has now turned her attention to PIP and has launched a web based petition called Stamp It Out that’s looking for signatures to force a correct debate on this issue.
We also exposed how the cash people receive for PIP is about to crash in real terms, by as much as £67 a month as inflation rockets.
Now disabled charities have condemned the DWP for taking a hard-line approach to claimants, and all too often getting it unsuitable.
Personal Independence Payment is aimed toward individuals who need assistance with day by day activities or getting around due to a long-term illness or disability, and almost three million claim it.
There are two sorts of PIP. The day by day living part for many who need assistance with on a regular basis tasks, pays a lower rate of £61.85 per week and a better rate of £92.40.
The mobility part, for many who need assistance getting around, pays either £24.45 or £64.50 per week. PIP just isn’t means tested.
Greater than 1.2 million PIP decisions made between 2013 and 2021 turned out to be unsuitable and were overturned, in line with research from disability equality charity Scope.
The DWP spent a staggering £443.5 million fighting disabled individuals with real claims for PIP and one other profit, Employment Support Allowance.
Of that, Scope calculates that £200million has been spent fixing unsuitable decisions.
Director of strategy James Taylor said: “Amid the largest cost of living crisis in a generation, we’ve exposed that the federal government has spent a whole lot of thousands and thousands of kilos fixing unsuitable decisions.
“Our flawed advantages system means far too many disabled people should fight for support, facing agonising delays while bills keep flooding in and costs rise.”
Taylor said life costs more should you’re disabled, and disability advantages are supposed to help address these costs. “But unsuitable advantages decisions throw disabled people’s lives into turmoil.”
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Taylor added that far too many disabled people should endure degrading and stressful advantages assessments with assessors who don’t understand their condition.
“They then should spend months battling through the appeals system to get the choice they need to have gotten in the primary place.”
Disabled people must give you the chance to get disability advantages without the fight, Taylor said. “They also needs to have the appropriate to an assessor who understands the true impact of their condition and the way it would fluctuate.”
PIP assessments are usually not fit for purpose and assessors lack understanding, said Vicki Nash, associate director at mental health charity Mind.
“That’s the reason an enormous variety of appeals against PIP decisions are successful – 72 percent in the primary quarter of this yr.”
Unfair rejection is expensive each for many who urgently need support and the DWP, Nash said. “We incessantly hear that PIP assessors often start from a spot of not believing the person being assessed, and lack sympathy or understanding of the impacts of a mental health problem.”
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Individuals with mental health problems are sometimes asked to discuss sensitive topics and traumatic events with a whole stranger and without the correct support available, she said.
“Also they are asked to be assessed over and yet again, which only compounds the numerous problems the assessment system already causes.”
Nash added: “Getting the unsuitable end result is expensive not simply to those that need the support – particularly during a cost-of-living crisis – but in addition the DWP which faces associated appeals costs.”
She called on the DWP to repair PIP assessments by giving assessors higher training and tackling prejudice and misconceptions, especially about mental health.
“The DWP might help by reducing the frequency of assessments, which can get monetary savings and make certain people aren’t going through a needlessly stressful process.”
A DWP spokesperson said it helps thousands and thousands of PIP claimants with a supportive and compassionate service, with only 9 percent of unsuccessful claimants appeal against its decisions.