DWP: Stop cheating ESA claimants
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The poorest and most disabled are getting cheated by the department meant to look after them!!
I am a benefits advisor of 14 years experience, and have tried to get the DWP to change an error in their nationwide Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) letters. They are sent to people being converted from Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance. Where claimants are either in the Support Group, getting highest care component of Disability Living Allowance, or enhanced living component of the Personal Independence Payment, they are getting a letter with errors. It tells them they are not entitled to income based ESA when they could be. This stops claimants with little savings or other income from applying what should be theirs.
Despite an article in getreading, I have not had any official response. I have tried to get this sorted for 18 months via DWP partnership channels, but to no avail, so I am now using last resort measures.
http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/readings-disabled-benefits-claimants-being-12323734 (with thanks to Nathan Hyde!)
I want the DWP to write to all affected claimants, to apologise and to pay arrears due.
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