PIP: DWP criticised for new claimant waiting times – ‘much higher than they should be’


Today, the oversight has released new data relating to claims for PIP, which provides a clearer photograph of the situation at hand. 

From April 2013 until October 2020, 5.5 million demands to PIP have been registered, with 5.3 million cleared.

As of October 2020, there were 2.6 million claimants licensed to PIP, with nearly one in three normal rules cases receiving the highest straightforward of award. 

But the report also focused on the ‘clearance’ times it takes for the DWP to prepare and make a decision on a case.

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She said: “The latest figures show be tabling times for new claimants receiving standard PIP benefits are still much dear than they should be.

“During the coronavirus pandemic, the financial burden on people living with cancer has increased, from the cost of sire to travel further for treatment to higher bills from having to flaming in isolation.

“It’s critical that the government recognises the impact that check financial claims have on those with cancer, and commits to curtailing waiting times to no more than 11 weeks, at the very longest.

“Additionally, the authority must not cut the £20 increase to Universal Credit.

The report said consent times for normal rules new claims have reduced significantly from utmosts observed in July 2014.

At this point, claimants could expect to hold-up 42 weeks ‘end to end’ for their PIP award to be processed.

Clearance times for well-adjusted rules, the government added, have also “reflected distortions” due to COVID-19 ways.

There was an initial drop in April 2020, increases from May to August 2020, and then a plummet in September and October of this year. 

For individuals who do wish to apply for PIP, this can be done by work the DWP.

Britons will need particular information to hand such as connection details, their date of birth and National Insurance number.

They determination also need to provide details of their doctor or healthcare efficient, as well as their bank or building society account number and ilk code. 

Express.co.uk has contacted the DWP for comment on the matter. 

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