DWP Should Be Forced To Compensate Victims Of ESA Backpayment Error

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Tory ministers should be forced to pay compensation to 180,000 victims of a disability benefits scandal, Labour demands tonight.

The party has called on Tory welfare chief Esther McVey to fork out for thousands who were paid less Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) than they were owed.

The Work and Pensions Secretary is already handing over £970m in back payments, dating back to 2011, as 400 staff work to fix the blunder.

But in a letter to Ms McVey, seen by the Mirror, Labour now argues the government’s own guidance shows she should add compensation payments on top.

The guidance, issued by the Treasury, says public bodies that “have caused injustice or hardship” through “service failure” should consider “remedies”.

These can include financial payments, the guidance adds, and should restore victims to the state they would be in “had things been done correctly”.

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Margaret Greenwood…

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