ESA underpayments

During an Urgent Question in the House of Commons the Minister for Disabled People indicated that an error had resulted in some claimants being underpaid employment and support allowance between 2011 and 2014 while their claims were being converted from incapacity benefit, a legacy disability payment. 

The UK Government estimate that 70,000 people were affected.

This is another shambles from the Department for Work and Pensions which will have affected my constituents.  To learn that at least 70,000 people have been underpaid on their ESA claim is startling. 

It comes on the back of the National Audit Office (NAO) indicating that Universal Credit has many problems.  Alongside the NAO writing to the Secretary of State because she misled parliament when saying the rollout of Universal Credit should be sped up. 

This is a department going from one crisis to another and with this it’s leaving people in Inverclyde who claim welfare support worse off.  It’s time the UK Government got their house in order. 

Urgent Question on ESA underpayments –