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NAWRA writes to Esther McVey over potential ESA underpayments

10 January 2018

Letter to new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions about income related ESA.

Last year, NAWRA (National Association of Welfare Rights Advisers) members identified many former Incapacity Benefit/Severe Disablement Allowance claimants who had been migrated to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), and only been awarded contributory ESA. 

This is because the DWP had failed to apply the regulations and their own guidance and undertake a financial assessment to check entitlement to any top up of income related ESA.

In July 2017, NAWRA wrote to the secretary of state for work and pensions, David Gauke to raise our concerns.

In December 2017 David Gauke made a written statement acknowledging the government’s error.

NAWRA has now written to Esther McVey, the newly appointed Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to follow up on this matter.