Tuesday 26 February 2019 / 11:25 AM Disabilities / Marsha de Cordova

Minister dragged to update Parliament on ESA underpayments – Marsha de Cordova

Marsha de Cordova MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Disabled People, responding to comments made by Sarah Newton about ESA underpayments, said:

“The Department has repeatedly dodged accountability for this catastrophic error.

“The Minister has had to be dragged to update Parliament on ESA underpayments in three separate Urgent Questions in the past seven months. This is despite underpayments affecting over two hundred thousand ill and disabled people.

“Shockingly twenty thousand people who may have been affected, died before their cases have been reviewed.

“Given that this is the seventh review into disabled people wrongly deprived of social security by this government, it is shocking that the Department continues to evade responsibility.”


Notes to editors

  • Sarah Newton, Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work today said in response to an Urgent Question on ESA underpayments that: “Nobody has dragged me to the House. I regularly update the House.”
  • However, the Department has repeatedly failed to provide oral statements on this issue on the floor of the House, denying MPs the chance to question the Minister.
  • Marsha de Cordova MP, Shadow Minister for Disabled People has thus far has asked three Urgent Questions on the issue of ESA Underpayments in the past 7 months, in July 2018, October 2018 and February 2019.