THOUSANDS of Britons using Universal Credit could be eligible for a refund following a legal ruling.
Two severely disabled men, known as TP and AR, won a court battle with the Department for Work and Pensions due to a loss of income when they switched to Universal Credit.
The couple experienced a sudden drop in income when they were removed from their inherited benefits and transferred to General Credit in 2016 and 2017.
They are not compensated for a loss of £180 a month when moving to areas where the new welfare system has been implemented.
Previously, they received the Severe Disability Premium and the Advanced Disability Premium.
Law firm Leigh Day, which represents the two claimants, said the DWP had agreed to pay them £120 a month – not the entire £180 shortfall.
They also claim that around 50,000 people have been affected by similar problems and could be owed around £150,000 a year.
That means each person could owe around £3,000, but the amount will vary depending on the individual circumstances of the claimant.
In May 2019, the High Court ruled that it was illegal to cut benefits for disability claimants for those who switched to Common Credit before January 16, 2019.
As of January 2020, The DWP has manually paid out more than £51.5 million to 15,000 losers.
The monthly cashback is now added to the Universal Credit claimant’s regular monthly payment.
The amount you receive depends on whether you claim to be a person or a couple and whether you are expected to find work.
Recharges are worth £120, £285 or £405 a month, depending on your circumstances.
The Sun has reached out to the DWP for comment on the latest court case.
TP claimant said: “I was relieved when the judge agreed that the DWP treated us differently from other severely disabled claimants and that it was wrong to do so.
“The past six years have been extremely stressful as I struggled to get a lower income.
“I just hope that the DWP will exercise all these rights as soon as possible so that those of us who have been hit hard by this unjust policy can get on with our lives. ”
Meanwhile, 2 million Brits could receive more than £1,500 in benefits if the DWP loses a second legal challenge.
Legacy claimants are struggling to get the extra £20 a week that has been given to Universal Credit users during the pandemic.
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