DWP update: Thousands of Britons might be owed up to £5,000 as a result of underpayments, according to the Department for Work and Pensions.
A BENEFITS ERROR found by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) could leave a lot of Britons owing thousands of pounds.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has indicated that it will issue a final update on its progress on suspected underpayments for tens of thousands of Britons. The issue concerns Employment and Support Allowance, a benefit that was introduced in 2008 to assist those who are unable to work due to a disability or illness. However, in 2016, a system fault was discovered, resulting in many claimants being underpaid the amount they were due.
The DWP has been investigating the problem since it was revealed in order to correct the situation.
It is reviewing 600,000 cases of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) for possible underpayment.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has stated that a new update will be provided in the coming days, offering greater clarification.
“Final update of progress of checking cases potentially affected by underpayments of ESA on conversion from other incapacity benefits,” according to the government website.
“As of June 1, 2021, this publication provides a last update from the Department of Work and Pensions management information.”
These figures will be released on July 8, 2021, at 9:30 a.m., according to confirmation.
ESA claimants who have been affected are likely to be due £5,000 on average, although some may be entitled to more.
Some people were not eligible for the increased disability premium, which would have meant they would have gotten more money.
As soon as the issue was found, the DWP contacted anyone who had been affected.
Individuals have been notified that their cases are being investigated in order to fix the problem.
The Department has prioritized cases based on their seriousness, including claims from terminally sick people.
More than 1.5 million ESA claims are likely to have been assessed by the DWP.
As a result, claimants should have been notified if they were harmed as a result of the error.
If a person believes they may have been affected but has not received mail, they should contact the DWP.
Claimants got an average of £5,000 in payouts in January 2020, according to government figures.
The UK government has already handed out £589 million to those who have been affected.
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If you are employed, self-employed, or unemployed in the United Kingdom, you can apply for ESA.