‘The power to wreck your life’: Tens of thousands of disabled people denied benefits for extra month. Exclusive: ‘I couldn’t understand how I’d gone from lifetime support to a reduced award when my symptoms had gotten worse’
Tens of thousands of disabled people are being left out of pocket for increasing lengths of time while they wait for wrongly refused benefit claims to be overturned, The Independent has learned.
New figures show the average wait for the first round of an appeal against a rejected personal independence payment (Pip) claim has soared from 29 days to 54 days in the year to January.
Campaigners said the surge in waiting times was a “cruel irony” as the overwhelming majority of people who take their cases to tribunal go on to win, while claimants said the process “compounded” the health issues they were suffering.
People who believe they have been wrongly denied Pip…
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