The proportion of personal independence (PIP) appeals that are won by the claimant has risen to 60% according to the latest official figures. The number of PIP appeals is also increasing rapidly.
The appeal statistics for July to September 2015 show that PIP appeals now account for 38% of all social security appeals. The number of PIP appeals has been steadily increasing - from 2,145 in July to September 2014 to 13,568 in the most recent quarter.
Employment Support Allowance (ESA) accounted for 36% of the total social security appeals lodged in July to September 2015 and saw a 26% increase from 10,357 in the same period in 2014 to 13,020 in the current quarter.
The success rate for social security appeals varies widely depending on the benefit.
58% of ESA cases are won by the claimant, 55% of DLA cases, 40% of Job Seekers Allowance cases and 24% of Housing/Council Tax benefit cases.
PIP claimants won in 60% of cases from July to September 2015, up from 56% in the previous quarter.
The proportion of successful PIP appeals has increased with every quarter since the benefit was introduced.