DWP Should Think Again On ESA Back Payments And Offer Compensation

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From My Disability Matters.


The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) should reconsider its decision to offer only a partial backpayment of the money owed to 70,000 disabled people who for years were not receiving the correct level of out-of-work benefits, MPs have heard.

One Conservative member of the public accounts committee, Anne Marie Morris, suggested that DWP should offer compensation to claimants who had been “very seriously and very significantly” disadvantaged by the department’s errors, in addition to backpayment of the money they were owed.

She said the lives of the claimants affected would have been “fundamentally changed” by the failure to award them the correct level of employment and support allowance (ESA).

The underpayments were caused by the botched migration of former claimants of incapacity benefit (IB) and other benefits to the new ESA from 2011 onwards.

The department failed to realise that many of the claimants were entitled to income-related ESA – and therefore to associated disability premiums – rather than just the contributory form of ESA.


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