Penny Mordaunt, Minister of State for Disabled People, has admitted that a quarter of all claimants who won their personal Independence payment ((PIP) appeals in 2016 started out with zero points.
The shameful admission was made in answer to a written parliamentary question.
Mordaunt revealed that in 2016 a total of 34,110 PIP mandatory reconsiderations resulted in a higher award of PIP. Of these, 5,030 – amounting to 15% - were decisions where the claimant had originally been awarded zero points by the decision maker.
Worse still, out of a total of 32,070 PIP appeals that resulted in a higher award, 8,100 – or 25% - were originally zero points decisions.
The disclosure is a further damning indictment both of the assessments carried out by Atos and Capita and of the quality of decision making by the DWP itself.