If you thinking about making a personal independence payment (PIP) appeal, don’t begin without consulting the Benefits and Work guides. Written by experienced welfare rights workers and a barrister, they’re the next best thing to having a welfare rights worker by your side. Our instantly downloadable appeals guides include:
- A Guide to PIP Appeals
- A Guide to PIP Appeal Submissions
- The Best Possible Ways to Challenge A PIP Medical Report
And you can even use our Guide to Claiming PIP to check whether, in your original claim, you gave enough detailed evidence about which point scoring descriptors apply to you. If you didn’t, it’s not too late to put things right in your SSCS1 Appeal form or in a written submission.
Deciding whether to appeal
Because of the massive backlog of personal independence payment (PIP) decisions there have been very few PIP appeals as yet, so we don’t know what the success rate is likely to be.
But with the success rate for initial claims for PIP standing at just 37%, it is likely that many claimants will want to challenge the decision that they are not entitled to PIP.
Even some of the 37% who do get an award may wish to challenge the decision, if you do not think you were awarded the right components at the right rates. But beware: if you challenge a decision where you already have an award there is a small possibility of losing what you already have – so it’s vital to be as well informed as possible before you begin.
Our guide to PIP appeals will help you through the process of deciding whether or not to challenge a decision and take you step-by-step through the whole mandatory reconsideration and appeal process if you do go ahead.
PIP mandatory reconsiderations
Unlike in the past, when you could simply go straight to appeal if you were unhappy with a benefits decision, you now have to have a mandatory reconsideration before you can actually appeal. This means that the decision has to be looked at by another decision maker before you can lodge an appeal. There are full details in our PIP appeals guide of how the mandatory reconsideration process works.
Our PIP appeals guide
If you are unhappy with the mandatory reconsideration decision our PIP appeals guide will help you to give yourself the best possible chance of success at your appeal.
Amongst other issues, the guide takes you through:
- how to fill in the SSCS1 appeal form
- getting to grips with the appeal papers
- how to go and watch tribunals before attending yourself
- the value of written submissions
- using upper tribunal decisions
- whether and how to invite witnesses
- the importance of how you travel to the tribunal
- what happens at the tribunal
- dealing with difficult tribunal members
How to challenge a medical report
As well as our appeals guide, you can download our guide to the Best Possible Ways To Challenge A PIP Medical report. It’s packed with over 50 different ways in which you may be able to show that the Atos or Capita medical report is unreliable, with dozens of sample texts to help you create your own challenges.
You don’t have to write a submission for your appeal. But a written submission can give you a big head-start by putting your most important arguments in front of the tribunal members before the hearing even begins.
Our collection of sample submissions includes a step-by-step guide to writing appeal submissions which can also be used for completing your SSCS1 appeal form. It also includes a sample mandatory reconsideration request and a sample completed SSCS1 form. Plus there are lots of sample written PIP submissions to study, so you can be confident that yours will do the job you need it to do.
So, give yourself the best possible chance of appeal success by becoming a Benefits and Work member and getting instant access to all our downloadable resources.