Backlog of 700,000 for ESA Claims

Mike over at Vox Political raises the point that the government are never going to clear this backlog, which leads to the question of their liability for prosecution on the grounds of maladministration.

Dame Anne Begg

While giving evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee yesterday, the Minister for Disabled People, Mike Penning MP admitted over 700,000 disabled people are still waiting for their claims for Employment Support Allowance to be processed (ESA) causing real hardship.

You can watch the full evidence session here: http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Player.aspx?meetingId=15504

You can also read the BBC news coverage at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27796739 or Jackie Long’s Blog on the Channel 4 website here: http://blogs.channel4.com/jackie-long-on-social-affairs/huge-backlog-disabled-people-awaiting-benefit-checks/1211

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