The DWP simply refuses to pay benefits properly. Why so many underpayments?

Loose change: It’s all the Tories think benefit claimants are worth; that’s why people are being short-changed across the UK, and not just in Scotland.

See the headline? That’s what politicians are asking after the Department for Work and Pensions was found to have made “errors” that have nearly doubled the number of people underpaid since 2011.

The proportion of claimants who have been underpaid due to official errors has risen by 86 per cent to almost 1,000.

The total number of claimants underpaid by the DWP has risen by 64 per cent.

I find this odd. Are the figures saying that the number of claimants has fallen, while the number being underpaid has increased? It’s not entirely clear.

The SNP has used the revelation to demand that the administration of benefit payments in Scotland should be handed over to the Scottish government.

Personally, This Writer supports the demand wholeheartedly. The Welsh government should do the same, as far as I’m concerned, and possibly the Northern Irish government too, now that it is back up and running.

But I don’t see it getting much traction.

Tories like underpayments. They keep the poor hungry and desperate, which is exactly how the Tories like us.

They hope the situation will result in either the poor signing off and finding jobs, or in many deaths. It’s all the same to Boris Johnson, I assure you.

They will certainly act to make sure that this situation continues into the future.

Source: DWP slammed over rising number of benefit underpayments

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  1. Mark allinson January 14, 2020 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    2 years ago I made a claim with my now ex partner with 4 of us living in a 3 bedroom house 2 lads one aged 17 and the other 21 who had a bedroom each we were advised not to put the oldest on our claim because he was already claiming universal credit when our claim was up and running we had to pay £65 per month towards our rent I brought the matter up with the jobcentre and also ringing up the DWP they claimed it was correct. One year later still arguing about it they admitted they were wrong and that we were advised wrong by the jobcentre staff who were the ones who done our claim for us I appealed and they said I had no grounds to appeal on because it had went on for over a year but since I started my appeal the relationship broke down and she made me homeless and refused to give me anything I owned including the TV’s ,bed,wardrobe,dvd collection, and my clothes so to stop me living on the streets I moved back in with mam and she is a pensioner I had to make a single claim again and I got a letter thru the post about the same case it’s still in the system about the appeal. The judge asked me if I know anything about it I told her the truth she then adjourned the case so my case worker can go over the paperwork to see if it’s worth fighting for and she said don’t give up because you could get something back so iam now still waiting on the court case Aswel as the case for fighting against universal credit after they found me fit for work when my own doctor and the specialist at the RVI hospital say iam unfit for work due to the spine injury iam owed £100s about £400or £600 because the DWP staff wrongly advised us and even when they admitted they were wrong they still refused to pay back what we were owed the thing the DWP hate is people fighting them I’ve been fighting them now for over 4 years with my universal credit going on 5 years the jobcentre staff even turn round and say drop the case and just look for work I get threats with sanctions in the jobcentre and on the phone but I won’t give in to them.

  2. Kate January 15, 2020 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    For 7 years they’ve been underpaying me based on savings I don’t have. I’ve submitted bank statements. They ignore me. Their Department needs sorting out (which I say as a former civil servant!)

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