What is the success rate for PIP appeals?

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In this blog we will discuss what the success rate for PIP appeals is. 

We will also explore how one can apply for a PIP appeal, increase the likelihood of success, as well as look into what PIP is and other issues related to criteria and processes. 

What is the success rate for PIP appeals?

The success rates of a Personal Independence payment (PIP) appeal is estimated to be relatively high according to the UK government’s Tribunals Services. 

The HMCTS have claimed that the Tribunals Services statistics have found that approximately 76 percent of the cases of PIP appeals have received approval, netting that the success rates for PIP is relatively high. 

According to Liam Doyle, who has written a piece for Express.UK about the success rates of PIP appeals also found that when individuals appeal, their cases win with a better reward than was originally received the first time they applied. 

You can make a straight appeal to the tribunal service once you receive your mandatory reconsideration notice form within one month from the date on your letter. 

You can challenge the DWP’s PIP decision through appealing to the tribunal if:

  • You weren’t awarded PIP
  • You were awarded a lower rate than you expected
  • You think your PIP should have been awarded for a longer period.

To appeal to a tribunal, you need to submit your mandatory reconsideration notice form by filling it in and submit your appeal form to the tribunal services.

How to ask for an appeal?

To ask for an appeal you can either use the online form or you can use the pen and paper form.

When you fill up the form you are required to explain why you disagree with the DWP decision regarding your PIP claims and produce a letter with the same argument while requesting for mandatory reconsideration.

 If your appeal isn’t within the time limit or you have passed the deadline for mandatory reconsideration, you should appeal anyway but explain why the delay occurred, 

You must also make sure that you choose to attend the hearing instead of being discussed on paper alone since you will be more likely to win. 

What can you do to increase your chances of a successful PIP appeal?

Here are a few things that you can do to prepare for the appeal in the hopes that you can increase your chances at winning the appeal:

  • read through all the information the tribunal service sends you, and send any new evidence to the tribunal before the hearing. 
  • arrange for a family member or friend to go with you for moral support
  • check the venue has everything you need for example a sign language interpreter before so that you can prepare it beforehand in case. 

You should also be prepared in the sense that you have everything that you should take with you, such as:

  • the appeal papers 
  • any new evidence that must be handed in soon after arrival. 
  • notes covering all the things you want to say 
  • Receipts for any expenses you want to claim back.
  • Support friends and family
  • Interpreter if needed. 

During the hearing you can also challenge yourself to not to feel too anxious about being asked questions since it is usually the case that the board won’t be hostile.

Understand that they simply want to hear about how your condition affects you so they can make the right decision. So be open and honest in your testimony. 

Don’t be embarrassed about how your condition affects you and describe in as much detail as possible so that they can understand how the condition affects your life. You should also ask the judge or doctor to repeat any questions you don’t understand.

Be assertive as you correct anything that isn’t right and clarify if there is any misunderstanding. Be assertive in any case where the panel might have missed anything out, so take change and push across your experiences if they overlook any vital information regarding how your condition affects you. 

Use your own words that are common and understable, it is not necessary to use medical jargon. It is vital that you state your case, so make sure you’ve said everything you want to say.

What is PIP?

PIP stands for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) which is a financial benefit that is paid to between the ages of 16-64 who need financial help because of a long-term illness, disability or mental health condition. 

PIP is a financial assistance and benefit that does not affect your income, capital or savings of the individual and you can also claim other benefits such as Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit even if one claims PIP.

An individual can apply for and be paid PIP even if when they are in and out of work and one’s payment to National Insurance does not affect PIP. However PIP might affect Constant Attendance Allowance or war pensioners’ mobility supplement.

PIP consists of two components, and people can qualify for both components or only one. These components are:

  • Daily living component
  • Mobility component

PIP claims upon approval are paid into your bank or post office account every four weeks after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) assesses you as eligible for the claim and also determines what rate you are to be paid. 

Awards of PIP are for fixed periods of time like a certain number of months or years and once this period ends you can make another claim to receive these awards.

What are the criteria for PIP?

PIP assessments has criterias for two components (mobility and daily living) and these criterias that are assessed includes the following:

Daily living

Criteria related to daily living activities includes having difficulty in the following areas:

  • Needing prompting or supervision to cook and prepare food
  • Needing prompting or supervision to eat food
  • Needing help managing therapy or monitoring a health condition 
  • needing prompting or supervision to maintain hygiene. 
  • Needing assistance in managing toilet needs 
  • Needing assistance in dressing and undressing 
  • Needing communication support)
  • Needing prompting to read or understand written information and reading.
  • Unable to interact in an appropriate manner, understand body language and establish relationships
  • They need assistance when planning a budget or managing and paying bills


Criteria related to Mobility includes having difficulty in the following areas:

  • planning and following a journey. Needs assistance to make a journey and take care of all details related to making this journey like scheduling, planning, billing etc. 
  • Struggle with limited physical ability to move around.

How to claim PIP?

To claim PIP, you can go through the following process:

The phone call

Citizens of England, Wales or Scotland can call the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) on 0800 917 2222. Citizens of Northern Ireland, can call the Social Security Agency on 0800 012 1573.

During this phone call, you will be asked to share their basic personal details and it is important that it is the claimant, the appointee or the prospective appointee who makes the call.

If someone else calls on your behalf, you will be required to speak on the phone and pass an identity check. If you are unable to claim by phone due to your disability you can make a paper claim called PIP1. 

The form is available to view on the DWP website but to avail the form you can write to the address below to claim a PIP1.

Personal Independence Payment New Claims

Post Handling Site B


WV99 1AH

The PIP2 Form

Now, after you have made the initial claim either by phone call or in writing, a form will be sent to you called the PIP2.

You have to fill up the details of this form and return it. The form will ask details about your disability, you will be required to hand in documents related to your diagnosis, and the challenges you face and the help that you need.

The face-to-face assessment

The next step of the process, most people are asked to attend an assessment with a health professional from an independent company to run these assessments. 

These companies will contact you and may ask you to attend an appointment at an assessment centre, or arrange for the assessor to visit you at home if moving around is an issue for you due to your condition. 

The assessment involves an interview with the assessor where they explore issues related to your diagnosis of depression and how it impacts your life. Questions that are asked explored includes issues related to:

  • Your diagnosis- who and when.
  • How your diagnosis manifests in terms of symptoms and variations in symptoms.
  • Your treatments and medications that you are currently under, including therapy. 
  • How it impacts your activities such as eating, running errands etc. 
  • How it impacts you safety
  • How it impacts your social life
  • How it impacts your daily needs of diet, toilet management, sleep etc. 
  • How it impacts your mobility and movement. 

While it is possible for you to do an at home visit, you must explain why it is not possible for you to travel to the assessment and you need not have evidence of proof since home consultations are considered necessary if the context demands it. 

While face to face assessments are recommended, you need not have one. If you can provide enough evidence about your difficulties with reports and assessments, the PIP decision can be done without face to face assessment. 


In this blog we will discuss what the success rate for PIP appeals is. 

We will also explore how one can apply for a PIP appeal, increase the likelihood of success, as well as look into what PIP is and other issues related to criteria and processes. 

How long does a PIP appeal take 2021?

It will take 2 weeks to several months for a PIP appeal case to be settled. 

Do PIP assessors make a decision?

PIP assessors do not make a decision, it is a DWP decision maker who then decides whether you’re entitled to PIP, at what rate and for how long.

Can I check my PIP decision online?

No, PIP decisions will be sent to you via mail and in some cases, through a phone call. 


How to prepare for a PIP appeal tribunal. Mental Health and Money Advice. Retrieved on 7th February 2022. https://www.mentalhealthandmoneyadvice.org/en/welfare-benefits/pip-mental-health-guide/challenging-a-pip-decision/how-to-prepare-for-a-pip-appeal-tribunal/

How to win a PIP appeal. Advicenow. Retrieved on 7th February 2022. https://www.advicenow.org.uk/guides/how-win-pip-appeal

What is PIP?Mental Health and Money Advice. Retrieved on 7th February 2022. https://www.mentalhealthandmoneyadvice.org/en/welfare-benefits/pip-mental-health-guide/introduction-to-pip/what-is-pip/

Doyle.L. PIP appeal success rate: What percentage of PIP appeals get approved? ExpressUK. Retrieved on 7th February 2022. https://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/1359088/PIP-appeal-success-rate-percentage-benefits-appeal-evg

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