Disabled people to receive unpaid benefits!
MPs condemn DWP’s ‘failure’ to act on ‘unacceptable and entirely avoidable’ underpayment error which saw sick and disabled people miss out on thousands of pounds.
The government has been accused of presiding over a “culture of indifference” in its handling of a major change in its disability benefits scheme, which has seen vulnerable people miss out on thousands of pounds.
A group of influential MPs said the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had failed to act on warnings that it was underpaying an estimated 70,000 people who transferred to employment and support allowance (ESA) from other benefits over seven years.
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said the “unacceptable and entirely avoidable” situation stemmed from multiple failures by the department, including not listening to what claimants, experts, support organisations and even its own staff were saying.
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