DWP spent £120 million pounds defending challenges to ESA and PIP decisions in just two years
The DWP has spent more than £120 million fighting challenges to ESA and PIP decisions in the last two years – despite losing three-quarters of appeal tribunals.
A Freedom of Information Act response requested by the Independent newspaper reveals that the DWP spent £61 million on staff costs for the appeal process for the two benefits in 2018/2019, up from £44 million two years before.
DR UK Welfare Rights and Policy Adviser Ken Butler said: “A decade of austerity driven welfare reform has led to the obscene situation where the DWP is seemingly spending more money defending wrongful disability benefit claim decisions than it is on disabled people’s benefits.
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