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  • DWP to pay out £970 million in ESA underpayments

    DWP to pay out £970 million in ESA underpayments

    The DWP has begun the process of reviewing Employment Support Allowance cases to identify those that could be affected and pay arrears. Disability Rights UK Deputy CEO Sue Bott said, “the DWP has spent five years trying to hide behind constructing a legal argument as to why they shouldn’t pay up despite the hardship they have caused to tens of thousands of disabled people. We urge the DWP to urgently ensure all underpayments are rectified as soon as possible. Enough is enough.”

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  • Government U-turn on Disability Benefit Arrears

    Government U-turn on Disability Benefit Arrears

    The Department for Work and Pensions announced on Wednesday that arrears for sick and disabled people who lost out when their benefits were transferred to Employment and Support Allowance would be backdated to the date they moved to ESA and not limited to the date of the legal tribunal ruling .

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  • House of Lords Debate : Challenges facing disabled people in 2018

    House of Lords Debate : Challenges facing disabled people in 2018

    Disability Rights UK prepared two briefings for the House of Lords debate on 28 June about the ‘challenges facing disabled people in the United Kingdom in 2018’.

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  • DWP Easy Read Report about ESA and PIP Assessments

    DWP Easy Read Report about ESA and PIP Assessments

    The Department for Work and Pensions has published an Easy Read version of the government’s reply to the House of Commons Committee of MPs who have been looking into how Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) are assessed. Documents written in an Easy Read format are written in a way that makes them more accessible to people with learning disabilities.

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  • Inquiry Reports Failings in Disability Benefits Assessments

    Inquiry Reports Failings in Disability Benefits Assessments

    The House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee Inquiry into disability assessments by private contractors find they are “riddled with errors,” which has lead to a pervasive lack of trust in the benefits system.

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  • Disability Rights UK raises Concerns with Minister over "hidden" Cuts

    Disability Rights UK raises Concerns with Minister over

    DRUK has written to Penny Mordaunt, Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work, asking for her response regarding three significant ‘hidden’ welfare benefit cuts.

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