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Are they dead?

At least one in eight people eligible for Employment and Support Allowance have fallen off the Department for Work and Pensions’s books before receiving underpayments due to them.

Are they dead?

They were lost because of the huge time lag between the problem of underpayments being identified and the DWP taking action to contact affected claimants.

Are they dead?

Around 70,000 people’s cases have been closed – people with the most severe health conditions – saving the DWP a whopping £75 million, at least.

Are they dead?

The DWP has made the very good point that some claimants may have moved home since they were underpaid and writing multiple times to an old address, or phoning an out-of-date number is unlikely to detect them.

So, are they dead?

It’s an easy enough search; you check the public registers in the areas where these people used to live, to see if they have been registered as having passed away. It isn’t difficult at all.

And if it turns out they are dead, then the DWP has serious questions to answer – after leaving these people without help for so long that they passed away. Right?

Source: Exclusive: DWP has saved over £75 million by losing 70,000 ESA underpayment claimants

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