Beginning next year, many hundreds of claimants who win their PIP and ESA appeals will face having to win a further legal challenge before they can be awarded benefit. The DWP has this week begun recruiting 86 presenting officers whose job will include identifying cases that can be appealed to the upper tribunal.
Earlier this year the DWP was awarded £22 million “to recruit presenting officers across 2016-17 to 2017-18 to support the department in personal independent payments and employment and support allowance tribunals.”
Job adverts for 86 posts across the country have now appeared on many jobsearch sites, with indeed.co.uk listing DWP Appeals Presenting Officer vacancies at 20 different locations. Interviews begin at the end of November.
The job advert states that:
“It is desirable but not essential that you are a qualified Paralegal or have a law degree.”
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