Benefits: Thousands of Britons owed payment after DWP mistakenly underpaid £2.6bn – list of those affected

THOUSANDS of Britons are to pay benefits after the responsible department underpaid claimants by £2.6billion.

Recent figures from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show he accidentally underpaid 1.2% of benefits in the year to April 2022.

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Department for Work and Pensions figures show he accidentally underpaid 1.2% of benefitsCredit: Alamy

One of the claimant groups affected is Universal Credit.

The DWP underpaid £410m in Universal Credit during this period, The mirror reported.

While many of those in receipt of state pensions were also given a rough ride by the department, being underpaid by £540million.

Some pension credit claimants have also lost £100million, but overpayments of £350million have been linked to this.

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And some of those claiming housing benefit have had to struggle with £210m less on their accounts.

Despite numerous instances of underpayment, these have been accompanied by huge levels of overpayments.

The biggest culprit was Universal Credit, which saw a £5.9billion overpayment to claimants’ bank accounts in the year to April 2022.

While housing benefit payments were overshot by a whopping £950million.

If you think you have been underpaid, there are things you can do to rectify your situation.

If you apply for universal credit and you are owed money, you can call a helpline on 0800 328 5644 or use their online account.

While state pension claimants should contact the DWP Pensions Department on 0800 731 0469.

The lines are open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

It’s also important to note that there’s another scheme you can take advantage of if you apply for universal credit that money-saving expert Martin Lewis pointed out to Brits.

And it’s a lesser known program known as the Savings Assistance Program that gives you a 50% bonus on your savings.

It works by creating an account for low-paid workers who receive Universal Credit or other benefits.

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It helps you save money and provides an extra boost as an incentive to save money.

For all the essential dates you need to know for your Universal Credit and other benefit claims, click here.