More than 220,000 people have been given “zero scores” in both parts of the test for disability benefits
in only 18 months, according to new figures.
Labour’s Angela Eagle called the statistics “deeply worrying” and said it reflected growing numbers of
cases causing people great distress in her constituency.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments score people points based on their ability to carry
out different tasks.
For each component of PIP, people need at least eight points to get the standard rate or 12 points to
get the higher enhanced payments.
Figures obtained by Ms Eagle through written parliamentary questions show 220,390 people scored
“zero points” in the tests for both the mobility and daily living component of PIP between April 2016
and October 2017.
Analysis by the Press Association also suggests a greater proportion of claimants are now scoring
zero on both parts of the test.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said decisions on PIP were made after careful
consideration and more people were now receiving higher rates.