Sharp collapse in success rate of disability benefit challenges

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By Chaminda Jayanetti

The success rate of challenges to the results of disability benefit assessments has fallen dramatically since a new system was introduced in 2013, new figures show.

The government published data on Mandatory Reconsiderations (MRs) for the first time on Thursday. MRs are now the first stage of challenging the result of a Work Capability Assessment, the infamous “fit for work” test that decides eligibility for the Employment Support Allowance disability benefit.

The figures show that since MRs were introduced in October 2013, the success rate of challenges lodged through the new system has fallen from around 40 percent in the first few months to just 10 percent during 2016.

MR data

Until October 2013, appeals against WCA decisions were submitted to the courts and tribunal service, although many were dealt with informally by the DWP first. Under the MR system, benefit applicants must first ask the DWP…

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