Firstly I say Clusterfuck as it is defined as “a disastrously mishandled situation or undertaking.” that just about sums it up as this is no small time mistake but a big one going back 6 years in that time you can default on a debt and it be written off as uncollectable under the 6 year rule however no one should ever allow the DWP to write this off because so many have suffered due to it whether that be due to unable to pay the rent or heat a home or indeed pay a bill and been stung with default charges.
Now the DWP knew about this a year ago yet it has only just been made public why ? my guess is because of the magnitude of the
fuckup error and the cost involved to put right they will want to limit claims and the fact they are not asking you to contact them backs that up.
When this was made public last night a Friday Evening very few mainstream media reported it although I was surprised the first link I found was from the BBC make of that what you will, however it went largely unreported especially by Sky News and that remains the case as I write this and is simply not good enough it should have been all over press and media.
The BBC’s article was vague though and basically reported there was an issue but stopped short at how it came about or why it has taken so long to redress claimants of there rightful claims but none the less they reported it which encouraged me to dig deeper.
The DWP say there is no need for claimants to contact them as they are going though historical claims to find claims that were underpaid and payments are being made now I certainly would NOT accept this as you can bet many wrongful claims WILL BE missed so if you believe your claim was wrong write to them DO NOT EVER LEAVE IT TO THEM I can say this strong enough.
They are a Renegade Govt Department that cannot be trusted and the fact it is not being reported as it dammed well should be tells you all you need to know
I don’t know if my claim was wrong but it was around this time and suddenly stopped with no instruction what so ever in what to do this I still maintain was wrong because whilst I now understand that the contribution ESA was due to stop due to the stupid 365 day rule it carries given my SAH/Stroke and the utter confusion these claims bring I should have been informed and an income related form sent out this did not happen so the claim lapsed and I basically gave up as my brain could take no more the system was just too brutal for me too handle.
However I will be writing to them in light of this and I will let you know here what comes of it.
So finally to express again if you believe your claim to be wrong DO NOT leave it to them take action yourself and write to them they can only say either no you claim is correct or yes yours is wrong and we will put it right.
UPDATE 18th November 2017
Below is a link to a template letter drawn up by Nick Dilworth who is a disability and benefits advocate and hosted on DPAC website to assist in the recovery of lost entitlement due to the above it can be copied and pasted into word and the blanks filled in