Claimants are winning PIP and ESA appeals at the highest rate ever recorded, according to the latest Tribunals Service statistics, released last week.
Overall, an extraordinary 70% of social security appeals are successful, with the claimant getting a better award than they originally received from the DWP.
The success rates for benefits include:
- ESA 74%
- PIP 73%
- DLA 66%
- UC 58%
The success rate for PIP is up 4% on a year ago, whilst the success rate for ESA has risen 5%
The number of appeals is down, however.
ESA appeals are down by 42% compared to a year ago, although much of this is due to the introduction of universal credit.
PIP appeals are also down, this time by 14% compared to a year ago. This may, in part, be due to a slow down in the transfer of claimants from DLA to pip.
Overall, social security and child support appeals are down 19% on a year ago.
The time it takes for appeals to be dealt with is rising, however, is spite of a diminishing caseload.
The mean length of time for a case to be dealt with has risen to 30 weeks, up from 24 weeks a year ago.