Thousands owed benefit payout after DWP accidentally underpaid by billions

Universal Credit and State pension claimants are among those worst hit

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Thousands of people are owed a benefits payout after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) accidentally underpaid people by £2.6billion.

Fresh figures released by the DWP has revealed the Government department underpaid 1.2 percent of benefits in the year up until April 2022.

Thousands of Brits are owed a benefits pay-out
Thousands of Brits are owed a benefits pay-out
People claiming Universal Credit are among those said to be affected
People claiming Universal Credit are among those said to be affected

Among the benefits impacted include Universal Credit, or money given to some people to help with living costs.

The DWP reportedly underpaid a whopping £410million in Universal Credit, while it also fell a total £540million short in State Pensions, according to the Mirror.

Those claiming Housing Benefit were underpaid by a total of £210million.

People who believe they were underpaid up to April this year are being urged to act in order to claim.

For anyone claiming Universal Credit and think you are owed money, call a helpline 0800 328 5644 or log into your online account.

While those who claim state pension and believe they were underpaid are being told to call the DWP Pensions team on 0800 731 0469.

The DWP line is open between 9.30 am and 3.30pm Monday to Friday.