The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has splashed out nearly £200 million of public money in a cruel and heartless bid to deny sick and disabled people the disability benefits they desperately need, it has been reported.
Figures obtained by the Mirror through a Freedom of Information request reveal the DWP has spent an estimated £199 million contesting Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance appeals, since 2013/14.
Official figures show that more than 400,000 sick and disabled people have successfully appealed PIP and ESA decisions since 2013. Around 69% of PIP decisions were overturned at tribunal between October to December 2017 alone.
Appeals consist on two stages, beginning with Mandatory Reconsiderations (MR) followed by an independent tribunal if a claimant doesn’t agree with the first stage of appeal.
The Mirror reports the DWP has spent an estimated £50.7m for ESA and £43.4m for PIP over five years. The Department also spent and estimated £58.7m for ESA and £46.2m for PIP appeals.
Source: DWP spend £200 MILLION fighting to deny disabled people vital benefits : Welfare Weekly