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PIP Statistics in Scotland

Posted in General News on Monday, February 3rd, 2020

According to a new report released by the Scottish government which looks at the Personal Independence Payment statistics from April 2013, when the benefit was first introduced up until June 2019, only 46% of new Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claimants in Scotland have ended up receiving the benefit. This means that 167,000 new claims have been unsuccessful. In contrast to this, only 25%  of those who have transitioned from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to PIP in Scotland have had unsuccessful claims. This means that a total of 39,000 people are experiencing a reduction in income of between £1,200 and £7,740 per year. When transitioning from DLA to PIP more than half of the claimants with certain physiological conditions conditions  such as arthritis, neurological diseases, (such as epilepsy), and physical disorders, such as Attention Deficit and Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), have had their benefit amounts reduced. However, people with certain impairments receive more financial support having transitioned to PIP. The report shows that claimants with vision or hearing related impairments have seen their benefit amount increase under PIP, this is the case for 68% of those with vision impairments and 45% of those with hearing impairments         

The report also shows how many PIP decisions have been overturned in Scotland since the benefit was introduced in 2013. By combining the amount of decisions that were overturned at the mandatory reconsideration stage (9,000) and those overturned following a tribunal (21,000) we can see that a total of 30,000 PIP decisions were overturned in Scotland from when the benefit was introduced up until June 2019.

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