DWP statistics released this week reveal a dramatic fall in the success rate for personal independence payment claims both for new claimants and for DLA to PIP reassessments.
The award rate for new claims for PIP since it was introduced stands at 42%, including withdrawn claims.
However, this average disguises the reality that the award rate has fallen to just 34% for both March and April 2019, the most recent months for which figures are available.
This means that there is now just over a 1 in 3 chance of a new claimant getting an award of PIP.
There is bad news for DLA to PIP reassessments as well.
The award rate for reassessments is 71% since the the first decisions were made in January 2014.
But in March of this year the success rate was just 60% and in April it had dropped to 56%.
The DWP have offered no explanation for such a marked fall in success rates.