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Successful ‘Fit For Work’ Appeals At Highest Ever Level, Show DWP Stats

September 10, 2015

The share of Fit for Work decisions being overturned on appeal is at its highest ever level, figures released by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) reveal.

Successful appeals against decisions made during April to June last year hit 53 per cent – up two per cent on the previous three months.

The DWP point out that while the share of successful appeals is on the rise, the number of people appealing a decision has dropped significantly.

Mencap’s Head of Campaigns Rossanna Trudgian argued today’s figures show the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) is failing the people it is designed to support.

She said: “The fact that 53 per cent of Fit for Work decisions are being overturned following an appeal is deeply concerning and further evidence of how the WCA is in need of a ‘fundamental redesign’, as acknowledged by a previous Select Committee Report.

“We hear from many people with a learning disability who during the WCA are asked questions they don’t understand and aren’t offered the support they need to answer questions correctly. Wrong decisions are disturbingly commonplace and the percentage is showing no sign of improving – causing fear and anxiety amongst people with a learning disability.”

The WCA is designed to determine whether someone who is out of work is entitled to claim Employment Support Allowance.

It separates people into those who are unable to work because of health related issues, those who could return to some form of work with support or those who could return to work as soon as possible.

Introduced by Labour in 2008, the WCA program was pushed forward by Tory Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith when he came to office in 2010.

In the final quarter on 2008, 40 per cent of those who appealed against a Fit for Work decision had it overturned.

Today’s figures show that since the period of July to September 2013, more appeals have been successful than failed.

In the report, the DWP claims “caution should be applied before drawing conclusions from the more recent periods.”

The report says: “The number of appeals has been decreasing and the percentages for the quarter April to June 2014 are for 1,300 Fit for Work decisions with a completed appeal. This compares to 5,000 Fit for Work decisions a year earlier in the quarter April to June 2013.

“In addition, the proportions for more recent months are likely to change when the outcomes of appeals still to be heard are included.”

Last month it was revealed 2,650 people died within six weeks of being found Fit for Work, including 1,360 who had lost an appeal against the decision.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Jeffery Davies permalink
    September 10, 2015 2:51 pm

    Least we forget they say the number of appeals is down yes then rtu ids taking away justice for help with the appeal nowing full well many would go like lambs into the void yep rtu ids took away jystice for the poor many just giving up jeff3

    • September 10, 2015 3:56 pm

      even when you win at appeal you still lose
      retireed medically worked for 35 yrs in 2005 incapacity benefit £104 pw
      2013 healed by ATOS zero points
      now recieve £21 ESA
      DOESNT even covr the now mandatory £8 council tax and the £14 bedroom tax
      obviously nothing wrong with me then must be a workshy scrounger
      ( as the owner of the local post office infered last time i was in there )
      cuts what cuts
      Having won my apeal i now find myself in the ” WRAG ” I believe if the DM had investigated the data used at the Tribunal then it would be clear i should be in the Support group
      Having several Muscoskeletal conditions all asociated with chronic pain
      all classed as debilitating and degenerative with no expectation of improvement

      Fused Spine with degenerative disc disease at all levels of the lumbar a#spine along with plate irregularity
      “scheuermanns ” disease
      Scheuermann’s disease is notorious for causing lower and mid-level back and neck pain, which can be severe and disabling. The sufferer may feel pain at the apex of the curve, which can be aggravated by physical activity and by periods of standing or sitting;
      this can have a significantly detrimental effect to their lives as their level of activity is curbed by their condition

      Hip “Perthes Disease
      Common symptoms include hip, knee (hip pathology can refer pain to a normal knee), or groin pain, exacerbated by hip/leg movement, especially internal hip rotation (twisting the leg toward the center of the body). The pain is moderate to severe, at times rendering the patient unable to stand. There is a reduced range of motion at the hip joint, and there is a painful or antalgic gait. There may be atrophy of thigh muscles from disuse and an inequality of leg length. In some cases, some activity can cause severe irritation or inflammation of the damaged area including standing, walking, running, kneeling, or stooping repeatedly for an extended period of time. In cases exhibiting severe femoral osteonecrosis, pain is usually a chronic, throbbing sensation exacerbated by activity

      Also have refered pain and problems with the other leg due to altered walking patterns
      Arthritis and cartlidge
      Have developed problems in both kneecaps over the last year which are not helped by any increased mobility

      that apart i believe that the following regulation should be taken into consideration
      The Employment and Support Allowance Regulations 2008
      Exceptional circumstances Regulation 29
      29. (1) A claimant who does not have limited capability for work as determined in accordance with the limited capability for work assessment is to be treated as having limited capability for work if paragraph (2) applies to the claimant.
      (2) This paragraph applies if—
      (b)the claimant suffers from some specific disease or bodily or mental disablement and, by reasons of such disease or disablement, there would be a substantial risk to the mental or physical health of any person if the claimant were found not to have limited capability for work.

  2. stilloaks permalink
    September 10, 2015 3:39 pm

    Reblogged this on DWPExamination..

  3. mili68 permalink
    September 10, 2015 4:32 pm

    Reblogged this on disabledsingleparent.

  4. September 10, 2015 8:02 pm

    The bottom line is that so many have died with many more to come and just reading DWP facts and figures cant hide the pain a suffering that many have endured and will have to endure for the rest of their lives

  5. September 10, 2015 8:48 pm

    Reblogged this on perfectlyfadeddelusions.

  6. brightonredhot permalink
    September 10, 2015 8:53 pm

    Reblogged this on Brightonredhot’s Weblog and commented:
    This once again sounds like complete bs figures, I can not see appeals being down at all, this only goes to show that these people are not fit to do the jobs they have been paid to do, only people who should be doing medical assessments are patients own drs, they know us patients and all about our disabilities and the help etc that we need. No disabled person should be treated without care and compassion and be treated like they are criminals. How can we ever believe anything that the corrupt DWP say after the made up sanction pictures fiasco that they totally fabricated. People who appeal should be able to do so immediately and only have to wait maximum of a couple of months to have their appeals heard, only peoples own drs should be doing these in the first place, not private hired firms who are incapable if doing the job correctly like now. If these people could do their job correct no one with any disability would ever be given 0 points in the first place.

    • September 10, 2015 9:32 pm

      All the austerity cuts policies are starting to unravel
      problem is those of us that have suffered cuts will never see them returned

  7. September 11, 2015 9:23 am

    Reblogged this on Sasson Hann and commented:
    This is of course why IDS needs to scrap the WCA: too many people are winning; he’ll have to move the goal posts.


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