Many welfare cut letters ‘sent in error’

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welfare cut lettersYou may be from one of the thousands of households recently sent a worrying letter with the news that your benefit payments will be cut, but here's some good news - you could have been told this in error.

Charities and social security advisers said that some of those who were told - including families with disabled children - can now breathe a sigh of relief, as their income will not actually be downsized any time soon.

If you're a couple or single parent in England who receives more than £500 a week in benefit payments, you may see your allowance being cut as of next year.

But it has been revealed that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has sent letters to exempt households, including those with a child who receives disability living allowance, according to the Guardian.

In some of the letters, households have received warnings about being over the weekly limit of £500, when actually they are receiving less than that amount.

According to charities, up to 2,000 families with disabled children have been sent the letters in error.

The Children's Society's policy director, Enver Soloman, said: "What should have been a smooth transition is in danger of becoming a fiasco because of rushed implementation of an ill-thought-out policy.

"Thousands of families could be left confused, totally in the dark or alarmed because of misinformation."

He added: "They will be given no information about how much they stand to lose. It also appears that thousands of families will be told incorrectly they may be affected, including those with disabled children who are exempt."

But work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith said that a limit on benefits is needed to make working worthwhile.

Mr Duncan Smith set a £26,000 annual cap, even though there were claims that doing this would drive the poor out of London.