Backdating of employment and support allowance
If you live in Northern Ireland more details are available on the NI Direct website.You can make a claim for Employment and Support Allowance by phoning 08 (or 08003283419 if you have a speech or hearing impairment).
An estimated 180,000 people owed arrears payments, on average of £5,000 each.
Added to this, the cost of paying them extra after their claims have been corrected is estimated to add another £700 million over the next seven years, taking the total additional bill to £1.67 billion, an internal documents released today show. Internal analysis from the Department of Work and Pensions said: ‘The Department estimates it will pay £970 million in historic underpayments largely over the financial years 2018//20.