Tens of thousands of people on sickness benefits will receive backdated payments averaging £5,000 following government errors. The government underpaid claimants when they moved onto Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).
180,000 citizens could be owed money.
The DWP will pay out £1.5 billion due to government errors.
The errors occurred between 2011 and 2014 but the government has now calculated the scale of the problem.
In a newly published document, the DWP said:
“We estimate that around 180,000 people could be owed arrears payments, with around 105,000 estimated to be repaid during 2018-19 and 75,000 during 2019-20.”
This breaks the promise that all citizens would be repaid before April 2019.
This is yet another mark against the DWP who have come under fire for a catalogue of mistakes, most recently the botched rollout of Universal Credit.