Claimants who wish to challenge a PIP or UC decision are likely to have to wait around eight months to get justice according to the latest official statistics.  PIP claimants will have waited almost a year from the date they made their initial claim.

In a written parliamentary answer, DWP minister Tom Pursglove revealed that the mean average time taken for a PIP mandatory reconsideration is 55 days, although 25% take 70 days or more.

For UC, mandatory reconsiderations take a mean average of 67 days, though 25% take 100 days or more.

The most recent tribunal statistics show that appeals take a mean average of 25 weeks to be heard from the date they are lodged.

This means that a PIP claimant is likely to wait at least 32 weeks from the date they ask for a mandatory reconsideration to the date that they get a decision from an appeal tribunal.

For UC claimants the wait is likely to be at least 34 weeks.

As a PIP claimant will have waited an average of 18 weeks from the date of claim to the date of the initial decision, the whole process will have taken at least 50 weeks.

According to our PIP Payment calculator, a 50 week wait for a claimant who got nothing initially but went on to be awarded standard rate PIP mobility and standard rate PIP daily living would lead to a payment of £4,292 in arrears.  And this would exclude   

And whilst a back-payment of that amount would undoubtedly be very welcome, it means that the claimant has had to manage without that additional income for almost a whole year.

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    Kate Lindley · 2 days ago
    I originally claimed in Jan 2023 and I'm still waiting for a tribunal date :(
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    Alexander Stewart · 1 months ago
    Almost 7 months and still waiting for PIP appeal , been in contact will the court service and in the final
    Stages of setting a date ?? 
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    Michael Fisher · 3 months ago
    11 MONTHS NOW STILL NO DATE 
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    Micheal · 4 months ago
    Waiting 11 months for pip tribunal!
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      Angela · 2 months ago
      @Micheal That's a long time..I am waiting as well for the tribunal hearing..they said its about 6mths..
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    Sam · 7 months ago
    76 weeks currently. Got sent to tribunal on the 4th October and heard nothing since. Other than having medical evidence ect sent in and back to me to add to my bundle.
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    pip · 8 months ago
    I am currently at 57 weeks
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    Karenannrichards67@icloud.com · 8 months ago
    It's been almost a year since I started my pip trinunal
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    P e · 9 months ago
    Pe 
    If everyone who's been waiting for an tribunal hearing  ,write to the parliamentary inquiry committee and the dwp mission then they will have to look into why .Don't just complain on here do something but it needs all who are waiting for tribunal appeals. So fight back. 
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      Carly · 6 months ago
      @P e Hi sorry to bother you but do you have the information how to do this please I have been waiting since November 22 and I have no idea how or where to get answers i have called and emailed i would really appreciate it if you could point me in the right direction please thank you 

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    mrs sharonrosemulligan · 9 months ago
    I have been waiting are good few months now to hear anything back got are letter saying that it goinging to are turmiol court soon but when I do not know got all the paper work back from them that I need to take with me to the court our could it be longer to hear just wondering that all 
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    Gaynor · 10 months ago
    My claim went in in May 22 and I am currently 31 weeks in waiting for tribunal date. I call them once a month and get different information each call. I started a new clam March 2023 and should know the outcome of that before I can get to court
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    sue · 1 years ago
    mine was stopped today after 5 years and autism my partners was stopped 2 years ago and is still awaiting tribunal
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    Ilene Craig · 1 years ago
    From the date of my original claim till now it has been almost a year already. Original claim 4 th April 2022. I have still not had a date for my appeal to be heard. It now is not only affecting my physical health, but my mental health too. When is my appeal likely to be heard. 
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      Lisa · 1 months ago
      @Karen Ann richards I have been waiting for a hearing since July last year and still not heard anything I have severe mental health issues and i get what your saying it does pay havoc with your mental health not knowing 
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      Carly · 6 months ago
      @Karen Ann richards Same and I feel like its because of my mental health i have had to appeal in 1st place. I truly believe that I'm being discriminated against by pip. I reported change of circumstances April 22 and refused mobility points so asked for MR provided more evidence and finally given standard mobility however every time I was told why I wasn't entitled I provided proof of what they said I need then every time they changed the post and found more things to refuse the points .. even in their own words in the letters they say how im effected leaving home nbtha qualifies full points but then contradict themselves saying that as I can physically walk and its mental it don't count. I know there's scamming people etc but im a genuine case advised by professionals to apply apply and im sure  there's alot in my position and being told that cos they can't see my disabilities that they don't count etc... and have my lifestyle troubles minimised because they can't see them.... and all the waiting and anxiety etc is having negative consequences.. I know they busy but updating people isn't much to ask for 
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      Karen Ann richards · 8 months ago
      @Ilene Craig It’s affected my mental health not knowing anything , I’m still waiting on a date for tribunal 
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      Neil Wright · 1 years ago
      @Ilene Craig My wife's in same boat original claim was 7 may 2022 she has fibromyalgia 
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    kc Stevens · 1 years ago
    Is it normal for pip tribunal hearings are now being held over the phone? Has anyone else had this and if so what should one expect? 
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      Jasonrcross · 1 years ago
      @LJH Disgusted to see fightback is £5 a month, I can’t afford that when I’m appealing them removing my disability benefit.
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      LJH · 1 years ago
      @kc Stevens If you have a Facebook account, have a look at a page called Fightback. They share a lot of information about these things. They are legally trained and qualified to help with MRs and appeals, and also with applying in the first place. Their success rate is about 91%. 
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    Tan · 1 years ago
    Lodged appeal on 27th may for Child DLA. Still nothing 
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    K71 · 1 years ago
    I had my ESA stopped on 30th November 2021, I made a mandatory reconsideration, I got an answer of no on 16th March 2022. I lodged my appeal on 25th May, had a hearing on 16th November and no decision was made, it has been adjourned. I have no idea when it will be heard again. Its soul destroying and has definitely having a derogatory affect on my biploar. 
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      Ss2109 · 1 years ago
      @K71 I applied in April 2020 still at the Tribunal!! That's almost 3 years now.
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    gs · 1 years ago
    Hi I have been waiting since 26th august 2021 for pip upgrade as only walking short distance with crutches here's hoping they will sort out before I die
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    Mr Fibro · 1 years ago
    I suppose the DWP and politicians will simply blame the (a) pandemic) (b) Ukraine crisis for this.  Everything else seems to be blamed for it.  But we all know that's the real reason/s
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    Tv · 1 years ago
    This is absolutely ridiculous in the amount of time waiting for appeals to be heard, I have found out every time you ring these people up they are all still working from home, why on earth are they not back in offices, not surprising nobody is getting anywhere,  
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    Aw · 1 years ago
    I am terrified of this happening to me and me losing my SDP & housing benefit and then of them migrating me to UC without transistional protection. I have been aware of this possibility long enough that it is now entrenched in my MH that it's going to happen and when it does I will not be able to cope. This is what these MPs just don't understand, the terror of expecting destitution at any moment, the existential threat of it all...
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      Marion F · 1 years ago
      @Aw Does anyone know how & when the Transitional payment with UC, for the loss off SDP, will work? Is it paid when your UC is in payment (that first payment could be up to 6 weeks) is it put in with UC or separately? I’m sure it’s been deliberate by DWP to not explain this😰😡
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      Mik · 1 years ago
      @Aw I agree, it’s terrifying the possibility of it all going wrong, even when it hasn’t. Leaves you in a state of permanent concern and stress. Stress is ok for a while but not entrenched indefinitely. Only when your in that situation do you understand. Of course the welfare budget needs managing, just not like it’s been done since 2010.
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