Author Topic: Backdated SDP and Disability premium arrears to be paid to IB to ESA claimants  (Read 268 times)

Monic1511

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Eventually the government has backed down when CPAG threatened a judicial review and has agreed to backdate all disability premiums that were wrongly removed when people were transferred from IB to ESA.

This is the S of S statement to the house of commons - what it means is that if you were due premiums and these were not applied when you moved to ESA you WILL get them back IN FULL.  McVey wanted to limit the payments and was told that was illegal,

On 15 March I provided the House with a statement setting out how the work my Department was undertaking to correct underpayments that occurred when converting Incapacity Benefit claims to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) between 2011 and 2014 was progressing. I wanted to take this opportunity to provide the House with a further update.

In March I explained that my Department would resource this exercise with 400 staff to make sure we could review cases at pace. This work is now underway with staff reviewing cases, contacting claimants and correcting claims; so far we have paid out over £40 million in arrears.

The Department has analysed the relationship between “official error” and section 27 of the Social Security Act 1998 in regulating how and to what extent arrears can be paid. As a result of the conclusions of this analysis, we will now be paying arrears to those affected back to their date of conversion to ESA.

My Department will be contacting all those identified as potentially affected as planned. Once an individual is contacted, and the relevant information gathered, they can expect to receive appropriate payment within 12 weeks. I can also confirm that once contacted, individuals will be provided with a dedicated free phone number on which they can make contact with the Department.
Where we have already corrected cases and paid arrears from 21 October 2014 we will review the case again and pay any additional arrears that are due prior to that date.

I hope this will help Members to provide reassurance, to their constituents who think they may have been affected, that they will receive all the money they are entitled to.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS846
 

KizzyKazaer

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McVey wanted to limit the payments and was told that was illegal

Well, there's a surprise - and the winner of this week's Golden Raspberry Award is... >raspberry<

Excellent news, thanks Monic  >thumbsup<

gorbut

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Sounds good until you get the form and have to remember how much you had in savings back to 2013. The old paper passbooks would have been useful as the online info doesn’t go back far enough. Asking for the old stuff from the bank is an obvious solution but they say it can take up to 10 days and DWP want the forms back in 21 day’s.

Even worse when you have to do this form for two people while at the same time filling in a work capability form for one of them. It is not surprising I am laying down with a headache. I will get through the paperwork but i wonder how many people affected will give up because getting the info is so hard. I will be keeping better financial records for my son and daughter in future.

Monic1511

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Gorbut
 >bighugs<
If your son and daughter are in the same bank would it be possible to make an appointment with the bank manager and show them the letter, explain that if they are able to assist you they could end up with additional capital in their accounts - most banks like that.

OK DWP want it back in 21 days but you can bet they wont pay out in another 21 days.
Another complaint to the MP should put a hold on that especially as you are caring for 2 disabled adults and have enough to do without trying to clear up DWP mistakes.  >steam<

try and take care of yourself

gorbut

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Thanks Monic.

Unfortunately they use different banks and one doesn’t have branches. I think we will get the information only not quickly. Today I am going to concentrate on the Work capability form and copying supporting evidence as that is the most important one anyway.

I will probably have to ask for more time for the income related forms or send them with a letter explaining they will have to wait a bit for the older financial stuff. And a letter to IDS would be a good idea. I can’t remember when he stopped being in charge at the DWP so not sure if this mistake happened under his watch. I will look it up. Not that I expect him to be any more helpful than he was last time I wrote to him but at least I can make sure he has to do some work.

gorbut

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Google told me very quickly that IDS resigned as minister in March 2016 so the mistake was under his watch. Writing to him is a definite on my list then but I had better get the more important form finished first and sent off,

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I hope you are able to find the information you need for the form in time to get the form completed.

Everyone who has to search out old financial information should be paid a fee by the Government as a part of correcting their mistake  >bleep<