Just had a newsletter from Benefits & Work:
"Sobbing decision makers are desperately trying to persuade claimants not to lodge appeals following an unsuccessful mandatory reconsideration, a senior welfare rights worker has revealed. It is the first evidence that DWP staff are coming under pressure to meet targets for cutting appeal numbers for benefits including employment and support allowance (ESA), personal independence payment (PIP) and disability living allowance (DLA). . .
. . ."The senior welfare rights worker goes on to explain that two decision makers have told claimants:
“But don’t you understand, the whole point of mandatory reconsiderations is to avoid appeals because they’re expensive, time-consuming and usually pro-claimant and wrong. Even government ministers know that." . . ."
More info ”http://www.rightsnet.org.uk/forums/viewthread/7698/
Yet again the Government say there are no targets but when you read things like this it really makes you wonder!