Work and Pensions Committee
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From the Chair
9 February 2018
Rt Hon Esther McVey
Secretary of State
Department for Work and Pensions
PIP appeal data
During our inquiry on PIP and ESA assessments, your Department kindly provided to us
estimated unit costs of MRs and Appeals. This indicated that different costs are attached to
PIP appeals depending on whether they relate to new or reassessed claims.
Seeking to understand the financial implications of appeals for the Department, Committee
staff inquired on 30 January:
Of the 170,000 PIP appeals since 2013, how many were for new claims and how
many were reassessments?
We were duly informed:
The information on the number of PIP appeals is from HMCTS published statistics
and this information is not available from HMCTS for new claims and reassessments
We were therefore unable to estimate the full cost of appeals to your Department, although
the Ministry of Justice informed us that in 2016/17 its appeals expenditure was £103 million.
(Cost of Social Security and Child Support appeals, of which the majority relate to PIP/ESA.)
It was with some surprise, therefore, that we today received data released in response to an
FOI request. This provided estimated costs per month spent on PIP appeals broken down
by new and reassessed claims.
You will be aware that we are shortly due to publish our report. That this data was provided
in response to an FOI request, but not for our Report, is doubly regrettable since the key
theme of our report is the need to introduce much greater trust and transparency into the PIP
and ESA systems.
Might you please explain how this occurred?
Rt Hon Frank Field MP