Government admit it underpaid 180,000 ESA claimants

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.

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