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Employment and Support Allowance: Arrears

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 22nd October 2018.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Shadow Minister (Wales)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the announcement, ESA Underpayments: Forecast Numbers Affected, Forecast Expenditure and Progress on Checking, published by her Department on 17 October 2018, what the reasons are for the delay in the estimated completion date of arrears payments to claimants of Employment and Support Allowance.

Photo of Sarah Newton Sarah Newton The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

As previously announced, those cases identified as part of the initial activity, will be completed by April 2019. The only exception to this is deceased customer cases where the time it takes to identify next of kin means it may take until the end of the year.

The decision in July to review cases back to the point of their conversion to ESA means more claimants will receive payments but requires us to review an additional 250,000 cases. We are now able to confirm that these additional cases will be completed throughout the course of 2019.

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