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Employment and Support Allowance

Volume 699: debated on Monday 12 July 2021

I am pleased to confirm that the exercise to correct past Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) underpayments and pay arrears, following conversion from previous incapacity benefits is now complete. All cases have been considered, reviews completed where the information has been provided, and arrears paid where due1.

As set out in the final statistical publication published on, as of 1 June 2021:

600,000 cases have completed the review process; and

118,000 arrears payments totalling £613 million have been made.

1 Completion rate is 100%, rounded to the nearest 1%. Fewer than 100 cases were outstanding as at 1 June 2021.