The UK Government’s second independent review of Personal Independence Payments (PIP) has shown that 65% of people who appeal against their PIP award are successful – meaning that most cases of those who have been assessed and sanctioned are unnecessary.
Responding to the figures, Stirling MP Steven Paterson said:
“Such a high rate of successful appeals are indicative of a deeply flawed system that penalises people for being in need of support. Since I was elected as Stirling’s MP a year and a half ago, a large number of cases that my office has dealt with are in relation to people being sanctioned by the Department for Work and Pensions.
“Recently, one such constituent won her appeal however the situation she was put in during this time was so stressful that it was potentially detrimental to the existing medical condition that she required welfare support for. This is deeply unfair and fails to treat people with any basic standard of dignity and respect.
“In contrast, the SNP Scottish Government will ensure that dignity and respect are at the heart of every decision when powers over some disability benefits are devolved to Holyrood – this includes reforming current assessment procedures to one that works with service users instead of against them.”