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Has anyone been successful regarding underpayment of ESA?

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  • kath2512
    kath2512 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    hi, has anyone been known to have been successful in recieving underpayment of esa?
  • Lasian_Alumni
    Lasian_Alumni Member Posts: 659 Pioneering
    Hi @kath2512,

    I haven't been able to find any previous posts from users about successfully receiving this payment. I've made this a separate post so that it's more visible and others can comment with their experiences. I hope this helps!
  • CockneyRebel
    CockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,216 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi kath

    re you refering to when you changed over to ESA  when some people were not assessed for Income support ?

    CR
    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • kath2512
    kath2512 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    i was taken off incapacity benefit, assessed for esa refused. i appealed had a tribunial and won.  thanks for replies 
  • CockneyRebel
    CockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,216 Disability Gamechanger
    Ok
    There are reports on other sites that backpayments to october 2014 are now being made to those identified but there is a long way to go still

    CR
    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • kath2512
    kath2512 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    ok thankyou . just a long waiting game
  • CockneyRebel
    CockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,216 Disability Gamechanger
    There is also the on going arguement about earlier period when the change over began but i believe that is a matter for a future UTT decision

    CR
    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • whistles
    whistles Member Posts: 1,583 Disability Gamechanger
    When were we changed? Sorry my days blur into the next. 
    Has it been four years?
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  • CockneyRebel
    CockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,216 Disability Gamechanger

    From DRUK

    ESA was introduced in 2008. In 2011 the Department began reassessing people claiming pre-existing incapacity benefits to see whether they were eligible for ESA. The previous benefits included incapacity benefit, severe disablement allowance and income Support.

    In a written statement to the House of Commons, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions David Gauke has confirmed that in 2013 he was made aware of individual cases which were transferred in error to contributory ESA, rather than to income-related ESA,

    In these cases, incapacity benefit claimants had an unidentified entitlement to additional benefits such as the enhanced disability premium. These premiums are only payable to those on income-related benefits.

    From 2014 additional DWP guidance was put in place to ensure all claims transitioning from that point forward were more fully assessed for both contributory and income-related ESA.

    At the time officials did not identify the need to explore the potential impact of the earlier error. This was reconsidered in the light of analysis following the preliminary Fraud and Error statistics published in May 2016.

    As a result of a sampling exercise, the DWP estimates that around 75,000 claimants may have been underpaid - about 5% of those people who moved over from incapacity benefits.


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  • whistles
    whistles Member Posts: 1,583 Disability Gamechanger
    Thanks for that.
    I know I was in that underpaid until they checked category. 

    Do not follow me, I don't know where I am going.
  • Bob677
    Bob677 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Rightsnet had a meeting last week with dwp in relation to underpayment as you can imagine the dwp have been working on this at a glacial pace there was a link to the meeting on rightsnet they said that from the beginning of April that a team of 400 dwp staff will solely work on backdated payments and dedicated phone number would be set up as of today but can’t find the number as yet will keep you updated I my self is due a considerable amount of backdated money 
  • kath2512
    kath2512 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    thankyou for your time and input. if eveyone owed gets backdate then it gonna make a lot of peeps life easier for a while. good luck and will look forward to an update

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