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Almost two out of three people who apply for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) get nothing at all unless they are terminally ill, DWP figures released today reveal.  The statistics also expose the massive backlog created by the combined failures of Atos, Capita and the DWP, with fewer than one in six claims having so far been decided.

Not including claims under Special Rules (for those who are terminally ill), by the end of December 2013, the total number of new claims for PIP reached 220,300.

By the end of the same period, only 34,200 claimants had been given a decision – a mere 15.4% of the new claims made.

Of these, only 37% were awarded some rate of PIP.

To put this in perspective, this means that only 12,654 people, out of the 220,300 who have made a new claim for PIP in the 9 months since the beginning of April 2013, have been awarded PIP.

This contrasts with the report on the success of new DLA claims, which in the year ending March 2011, showed an award rate of 43%.

It would appear that the government is on track to be successful in reducing the spend on welfare benefits, by not only delaying awards and payments for many months, but also finding claimants ineligible at a higher percentage rate.

Of those claiming under Special Rules, 100% received a decision to award PIP. Notably, the number of decisions under Special Rules exceeds the number of new claims by 200; the DWP indicates that this could be due to claimants being assessed as eligible, despite not having claimed under those rules.

Read the full report from the DWP here

Our thanks to Papasmurf for spotting this report for us.


0 #10 jason smith 2015-02-17 09:57
in august 2014 i had an abcess in my throat un diagnosed by 3 gps in a week it burst caused sceptic shock which led to fluid in my heart lungs poison in my blood all in all i had a tracheostomy lost the bottom of my right lung had 6 operations including thoracic surgery died 3 times was in hosp for 2 months then when came out got deep vein thrombosis as i hadnt been able to get around been told at least 2 yrs for my internal injuries alone to recover but have nerve damage which may never heal lots of pain on morphine and loads of tablets but not deemed suitable for pip any thoughts and excuse the spelling lol
0 #9 Phillip D Green 2015-02-03 12:14
I have been refused for PIP I have many problems. I was also told I would receive a telephone call between 19/12/14 - 29/12/14. This never happened either as my Telephone had an engineering fault,but,they also had my mobile number. They didn't even bother with that. At the interview Wife's comment (was that a court room) She is Japanese. Though knew that it isn't a courtroom. Just answer the questions I was told. I could not get across all my faults and troubles. The last straw for me was when I mentioned my hearing, I had not had my aids in at the time due to ongoing ENT troubles.Her comment was when I said I have trouble hearing."well you can hear me perfectly well." "That's because we are in a tiny room (2 square meters) I said. This woman was really unprofessional and uncaring. I do not know where to go to get help to complain.
0 #8 Bill24chev 2014-02-14 10:37
How many of the disallowedl claims are now waiting for appeal tribunals?
0 #7 kasperjones 2014-02-13 17:50
what is the point in pip if they are only giving it to terminally ill people excluding those with serious debilitating conditions and mental heath issues........s urely the benefit is no longer fit for purpose excluding rather than assisting.
+2 #6 shimtoan 2014-02-11 18:07
so if I'm right and get ESA income related I get nothing because husband works and then I would fail to get anything through PIP.Can anyone live on £184 a week?
according to the letter I got from IDS's office a few years back, it should be easy.
In reality, it's nigh on impossible
+2 #5 Peter 2014-02-11 17:51
due to undergo PIP application soon award finishes July 31st so might as well start collecting the pills now.
really makes you want to go on spent so much time claiming this benefit and esa (awarded esa support for three years after three month wait) not really looking forward to this process oh why did I get polio could I have not been a lucky person and live normally and work!
+4 #4 crymant 2014-02-11 17:32
I fear for thousands of disabled people
In Westminster house between 10-11am tomorrow 12/02/2014 Mark Williams MP will be speaking up of us. Please watch, then send him and his team a big thank you,
On Friday last week his team helped me win by appeal to be put in the support group of ESA.

So do not be frightened to ask CAB and your MP's office too help you.
+2 #3 susieb 2014-02-11 16:08
so if I'm right and get ESA income related I get nothing because husband works and then I would fail to get anything through PIP.Can anyone live on £184 a week?
+5 #2 Bill 2014-02-11 15:43
This is what we all suspected would happen isnt it?
+3 #1 echo88 2014-02-11 14:03
no surprise there then!!!!!!!!

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