Woman helps win £1.67 billion ESA for 180,000 people!


ESA underpayments pic crop Thanks to a WinVisible member for her snapshots of the DWP letter

Several legal challenges at tribunal and then High Court have forced the government to repay around £1.67bn in benefits  to an estimated 180,000 low-income sick and disabled people, which they were wrongly denied since 2011.

Well done to Ms H, a woman who was wrongly found fit for work, one of those who went to tribunal.  She challenged being cut off, and later won enhanced disability premium as well as her contributions-based ESA back.  Apparently, by their wrongful work capability assessment of Ms H, Atos (who had the ESA contract in 2011), played a part in getting the underpayment looked at by tribunal.

Underpayments were implemented when people on incapacity benefits were being transferred to ESA.  The DWP did not assess their entitlement to income-based ESA with its severe disability premiums, which can be paid on top of contributions-based…

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