30,000 extra sick and disabled people underpaid thousands in ESA benefits : Welfare Weekly


The UK Government has admitted that many more sick and disabled people were underpaid benefits than previously thought, following a shameful blunder by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that resulted in vulnerable people missing out on thousands of pounds in vital benefit payments.

New estimates published by the DWP on Thursday suggest that as many as 210,000 sick and disabled people were underpaid Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) when transferred from Incapacitity Benefit.

This mean that an extra 30,000 people were underpaid ESA compared to the DWP’s previous estimate of 180,000, with each person affected owed an average of £4,000 in backpayments.

 

Source: 30,000 extra sick and disabled people underpaid thousands in ESA benefits : Welfare Weekly

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