DWP says it 'overturned benefits decision because of new evidence'

The Department for Work and Pensions says it reinstated the benefits of former RAF worker Alex Smith, who has heart failure, because of new evidence which wasn't available at the time of a medical assessment.

"Only a small proportion of decisions are overturned on appeal. If a decision is overturned it does not necessarily mean that the original decision was wrong - claimants sometimes produce new evidence in their appeal which wasn't available at the time."

– Department for Work and Pensions

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