47% of disability living allowance (DLA) to personal independence payment (PIP) claimants either get a lower award or no award at all, according to figures released by the DWP today.
The figures for reassessment claimants show that in total:
- 39% had their benefit increased
- 14% had their benefit left unchanged
- 22% had their benefit decreased
- 21% got no award at all after assessment
- 4% were disallowed before the assessment
- 1% withdrew their claim
Results varied according to the claimant’s condition.
For example, 40% of claimants with psychoneurosis had their award stopped altogether, compared with 37% of claimants with psychosis, 28% with learning difficulties, 16% with arthritis and 15% with back pain.
One bit of bright news in the figures is that 28% of claimants were awarded PIP at the highest rate for both components, compared to 16% under DLA.