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The BBC has revealed that the DWP have made mistakes in calculating the employment and support allowance (ESA) of around 75,000 claimants. The total bill for putting things right, including extra staff time, could be as much as £500 million.

According to the BBC the errors began as far back as 2011 and involved claimants being forcibly moved from incapacity benefit (IB) to ESA. The errors continued through to the 2014-2015 benefit year.

It is not clear yet what the errors involve, the BBC say only that “assessors wrongly calculated the income of around 75,000 claimants.”

If the figures are correct it would suggest that, on average, the cost of putting things right for each claimant will be over £6,500.

The DWP are not denying the allegations.

They have admitted that they discovered the error last December and have so far contacted 1,000 affected claimants.

You can read the full story on the BBC website.

Comments  

#9 DJ 2017-11-29 23:03
[quote name="morgandlin
Thanks, I thought the same. To be honest, I claimed IB years ago, they slotted me over to ESA SG 5 years ago, and I haven’t had to deal with them since. and athough my ESA isn’t affected by my occupational pension (protected as old IB claim), I’ve forgotten how it was all made up.

I'm interested to read what you've written, as I was on IB for many years before being transferred to ESA (Cont). It never occurred to me that I might also be entitled to ESA (IR) and need to apply for that separately, until I read some advice on this forum a couple of years ago. So I only applied then and my (very small) civil service pension is taken into account and I only get a very small amount of ESA (IR) as a result.

So if I'd been awarded ESA (IR) when I was transferred from IB would my pension be protected/exemp ted even now?
#8 speedy 2017-11-29 10:23
This is about the failure of the DWP to conduct an investigation when IB was converted to ESA of any entitlement to IR ESA.

The DWP have been arguing since 20i13 that ESA was 2 benefits (IR & Conts) and you had to apply for both. A judge disagreed as that was not what the regulations stated i.e. ESA is one benefit! So failure to investigate IR ESA entitlement on conversion was maladministrati on.

For more information Rightsnet have a massive discussion thread on it here https://www.rightsnet.org.uk/forums/viewthread/5928
#7 morgandlin 2017-11-24 11:10
Quoting Lorna:
Hi Does this include people moved from Severe Disablement Allowance and Income support to Employment and Support Allowance (IR) between 2011 and 2015 or is just for people that were moved from the Incapacity Benefit
Does anyone know where to find out more information?
Many thanks


As far as I’ve read, it is JUST IB claims that were affected. However, the government, as ever, aren’t free and easy with any information.

They have said no one needs to claim anything, they will write to anyone affected.

Sorry, I don’t know if any further info available anywhere.

Lin
#6 Lorna 2017-11-22 15:24
Hi Does this include people moved from Severe Disablement Allowance and Income support to Employment and Support Allowance (IR) between 2011 and 2015 or is just for people that were moved from the Incapacity Benefit
Does anyone know where to find out more information?
Many thanks
#5 morgandlin 2017-11-22 09:33
Quoting Spridgett:
I am wondering the same, Lin.

My own suspicion is that it will only involve those on ESA(IR) because, as far as I know, there is no assessment of income involved with ESA (Cont) .

I hope I am wrong! :sad:


Thanks, I thought the same. To be honest, I claimed IB years ago, they slotted me over to ESA SG 5 years ago, and I haven’t had to deal with them since. and athough my ESA isn’t affected by my occupational pension (protected as old IB claim), I’ve forgotten how it was all made up.

Thanks again.

Lin
#4 Lorna 2017-11-21 18:02
Help Does anyone know if this is for claimants moved from Sever Disability allowance swell as Incapacity benefit between the given dates ? Many thanks
+1 #3 mrfibrospondodysthmatic 2017-11-20 14:24
How the hell is the DWP going to cough up 500 million quid. When they are trying their best to stop people getting benefits, as they so claim the deficit is so high, so we need to continue bringing down the welfare budget to try to reduce it. I'd be over the moon if I got 6,500 off them.
+1 #2 Spridgett 2017-11-18 14:06
I am wondering the same, Lin.

My own suspicion is that it will only involve those on ESA(IR) because, as far as I know, there is no assessment of income involved with ESA (Cont) .

I hope I am wrong! :sad:
#1 morgandlin 2017-11-18 07:08
Does anyone yet know whether this is just those on ESA (IR) or whether it also includes ESA (Cont)?

I can’t seem to find out much about all this - as ever, the DWP are being extremely vague.

Thanks.

Lin

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