Intended for healthcare professionals


Lessons from the Windrush generation

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 08 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2017

Re: Lessons from the Windrush generation

Dear Editor

Prof McKee has been misled in stating that there is a target for rejecting appeals in application for personal independence payments (PIPs). This statement is untrue and if left uncorrected casts doubt on the impartiality of the appeals procedure. The appeals process is administered by Her Majesty's Courts & Tribunal Service. Appeals are heard by an independent Tribunal, with decisions based solely on the evidence presented by the DWP and the person making the appeal. The appellant is invited to provide further evidence to the tribunal either written or in person in support of their claim. There are no targets for the tribunal to accept or reject appeals, the decision is based purely on the merits of the case. Latest figures available indicate the majority of the appeals are successful.

Tony Heslop

Competing interests: No competing interests

05 June 2018
David A Heslop
Retired GP
Potton, Bedfordshire