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Further review of 250,000 ESA arrears cases

10 October 2018

Sarah Newton responds to question on the timescale for resolving cases of underpayment of employment support allowance.

Sarah Newton said:

“The Department is prioritising the cases most likely to be affected.

“We expect to finish reviewing and correcting the original 300,000 cases early next year.

“We are currently assessing the timescales for completion of the additional 250,000 cases that are now in scope following the decision to pay arrears back to the date of conversion from incapacity benefit.

“Our aim is for all claimants to receive the benefit they are due as quickly as practicable.”