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PIP And ESA Appeal Success Rates Rise Again

January 20, 2020

With many thanks to Benefits And Work.

The success rate for personal independence payment (PIP) and employment and support allowance (ESA) appeals has risen yet again, statistics published last month by the Tribunals Service reveal.

The success rate for claimants who appeal against a PIP decision now stands at a colossal 76%. The rate has risen by 1% per quarter every quarter since the beginning of 2018/19.

For ESA, the figure is even higher. The success rate has jumped 2% since the last quarter and now stands at 77%.

For DLA the success rate is 69%.

For UC the figure is 61%.

However, the total number of appeals being lodged has fallen considerably. Overall, the number of social security appeals has dropped by 22%, compared to the same quarter a year ago.

The most dramatic fall has been in ESA appeals, which have fallen by 54%. In part, this can be explained by the replacement of some ESA awards with UC.

But PIP appeals have also fallen by 15%.

PIP appeals now make up 60% of all social security appeals, with ESA accounting for a further 16%.

The average time taken for a social security appeal to be dealt with is now 30 weeks, an increase of one week on the same period last year.

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