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Government to pay £970m arrears and £700m more in next seven years after correction

An extra £1.67bn is to be paid to tens of thousands of disabled benefit claimants after years of underpayments, the government has revealed.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was criticised for its handling of the employment and support allowance (ESA) after revealing that an estimated 180,000 recipients were due arrear payments totalling £970m.

The cost of paying them at a higher rate after their claims have been corrected is estimated to add another £700m over the next seven years, a DWP analysis released on Wednesday showed.

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The Guardian

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