DWP ignores legal ruling to deny compensation to 118,000 benefit claimants

The Department for Work and Pensions has unilaterally decided to ignore a ruling by the Parliamentary Ombudsman that it should pay compensation to 118,000 people who suffered maladministration at its hands.

The decision sets a deeply worrying precedent as it could lead to other people suffering maladministration receiving no rectification or compensation.

Here are the details in a handy YouTube video:

And journalist David Hencke, on his Westminster Confidential site, had this to say:

Since seeing this I have contacted Sir Stephen Timms, Labour chair of the Commons Works and Pensions Committee, to see if, as they promised the Ombudsman, the DWP had alerted him to the decision. Initially he said he could not recall getting this and promised to investigate what has happened.

There is another big issue. This could impact on the Waspi campaign and the all party state pension inequality group of MPs to get compensation for women through a report from the Ombudsman. If after the Ombudsman says compensation is due the DWP follows this practice for the 3.8 million – six people will get compensation and the remaining 3.6 million still alive will have to write individual letters outlining their case to the ministry for any money due which will take even more time to resolve. You have been warned.

Read the full story here: DWP ignores the Parliamentary Ombudsman and refuses to compensate 118,000 disabled people hit by benefit maladministration | Westminster Confidential

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One Comment

  1. Hecuba August 8, 2022 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    Department of Works and Pensions is a fascist tool of the fascist tory government! Since when it is legal for a government department to arrogantly ignore a legal ruling? When the ones in political power are crooked corrupt fascist tories!

    The Dept. of Works and Pensions constantly declaims ‘anyone seeking benefits is a scrounger until proven otherwise’ but the real ‘scroungers and crooks are the fascist tories and their tool Dept of Works and Pensions!’

    Given Dept. of Works and Pensions have ignored a legal ruling does this mean I along with thousands of other peasants can ignore any legal requirement whenever it suits us??? Of course not – laws can only be applied to us peasants not the greedy corrupt and rotten little fascist tories!

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