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DWP drops target for upholding benefit decisions

Discussion in 'Work, Finances and Disability Insurance' started by MeSci, Dec 19, 2017.

  1. MeSci

    MeSci Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    December 18, 2017

    Sarah Newton MP, Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, has announced that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has dropped its target for 80% of benefit decisions to be upheld at the Mandatory Reconsideration stages.

    The target applied to Personal Independence Payments (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and had been scrutinised since a Freedom of Information request earlier this year revealed the internal target.

    What does this mean for people with M.E.?

    If you have been assessed and want to challenge the DWP’s initial decision, you can request to have a Mandatory Reconsideration where the case is reviewed. The DWP’s internal target has meant that assessment providers have up to now been evaluated based on how many of these reviewed cases are upheld, and how many are overturned.

    (The rest is at the link)
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  2. Barry

    Barry Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Clarifying they have dropped their 80% target does not necessarily mean they no longer have a numerical target at all. I know the statement seems to suggest they no longer have one, but do we know for sure they have not replaced it with, say, a 65% target for instance? I'm just a cynic :rolleyes:.
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