More than 4,600 disabled people wrongly had their benefits taken away, ministers admit

After a tribunal ruled against the government last month, thousands will be entitled to a refund.

They will be paid back the cash from the new year, it was revealed earlier today – on the last day Parliament's sitting before Christmas.

Those who were involved were punished and had their benefits docked for failing to attend meetings with the DWP.

But it was later found out they had a "good reason" for not showing up.

The news is another blow for the DWP after they were forced to review 1.6million Personal Independence Payment benefits earlier this year – and 220,000 will have to be paid back.

Around 140,000 have been paid back around £4,500 so far, ministers said today, and they are taking on 250 staff to help do this.

Baroness Buscombe, PPS at the DWP said of today's news: "The Department has been working at pace and taking the necessary steps required to implement the ruling.

"We expect around 4,600 people to gain as a result of this review exercise, all claimants who benefit from the Upper Tribunal decision will be notified by the Department."

The news comes after The Sun launched its Make Universal Credit Work campaign this week.

We are demanding ministers make changes to the system before its too late.

Today The Sun told how one family won't even have food this Christmas while struggling with the new system.

The Sun wants to Make Universal Credit Work

Universal Credit replaces six benefits with a single monthly payment.

One million people are already receiving it and by the time the system is fully rolled out in 2023, nearly 7 million will be on it.

But there are big problems with the flagship new system – it takes 5 weeks to get the first payment and it could leave some families worse off by thousands of pounds a year.

And while working families can claim back up to 85 per cent of their childcare costs, they must find the money to pay for childcare upfront – we’ve heard of families waiting up to 6 months for the money.

Working parents across the country told us they’ve been unable to take on more hours – or have even turned down better paid jobs or more hours because of the amount they get their benefits cut.

It’s time to Make Universal Credit work. We want the government to:

Together, these changes will help Make Universal Credit Work.

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It was revealed earlier that disabled people could lose vital benefits when they move over to the new system.

Claimants with a full time carer will be better off, but those without will not be able to access extra help, MPs said.

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