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Statement of Reasons

johanne23johanne23 Member Posts: 2 Listener
edited May 2018 in PIP, DLA and AA
Statement of Reasons. I won my PIPS appeal on 20th February. The court decided I should get the amount I had previously been getting, plus the standard mobility component.  The DWP are considering appealing the whole decision. The judge has been reminded 3 times to produce the SOR and I have written to him directly but still the SOR have not been produced. Is there anything I can do to get this done soone4 rather than later?  Many thanks.


  • thespicemanthespiceman Member Posts: 6,408 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @johanne23 Pleased to meet you. Welcome

    I am not sure about the answer. I hope one of our team can help.

    Hope to find a solution.

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  • markyboymarkyboy Member Posts: 368 Pioneering
    The DWP have a timescale to appeal the decision which i would imagine has expired by now so you should not be worried about a statement of reasons as you won your appeal 
    I would imagine they are preparing your brown envelope i would contact the DWP and tell them  it is 12 weeks since the appeal and it's time they sent you an award letter.
    Good luck 
  • johanne23johanne23 Member Posts: 2 Listener
     Many thanks for your reply. I think you might have jumped the gun a bit though. They are considering appealing, once they have seen the statement of reasons of which the judge has yet to do and the court has yet to send out. Am I correct in this assertion? 
  • markyboymarkyboy Member Posts: 368 Pioneering
    Thanks its just i could not understand why you were chasing the judge when it is the DWP who are wanting to see the SOR  there is going to have to be an error of law with the decision for them to be able to appeal and not because they don't agree with it .
    I know it can drag on but be patient and in the end they will have to backdate any monies to you.
    My appeal has taken 18 months and i am still waiting because the DWP have dragged their feet at every stage .

  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 7,209 Disability Gamechanger
    The ability of a judge to write an SOR is entirely dependent on whether they are salaried or fee paid and what their workload is. There are some who get horrendously behind largely through disorganisation but mostly they’re working through them as fast as they can. Administrative incompetence on the part of HMCTS means judges don’t always get the requests immediately after they’re made either.

    Consider that a panel hears up to 8 cases a day. That could be 40 cases per week. If just 10% ask for an SOR and ROP then that’s 4. That’s 2 days work. Might not sound like much but where does the 2 days come from if you’re doing a 5 day week! The real figure for SOR/ROP requests is higher!

    Very easy to get worked up over delays but there are genuine reasons for deiays.
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