Social Security Benefits:Written question - 207610

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Asked by Ruth George
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Asked on: 11 January 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Social Security Benefits
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases her Department has passed to the Jointly Managed Engagement Team for HMRC to clarify earnings with employers where there has been a dispute reported through RTI in each month since 2016.
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Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 18 February 2019
Holding answer received on 16 January 2019

The referrals to the Jointly Managed Engagement Team (JMET) were not broken down into disputes relating specifically to earnings between April 2016 and March 2018.

However, based on the 9811 dispute referrals to the JMET during that period, HMRC estimates that 1765 sought to clarify earnings submitted through Real Time Information (RTI).

Between April and December 2018, there were 7720 referrals to JMET to clarify earnings submitted through RTI. The below table shows this by monthly breakdown.

2018

April

May

June

July

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Referred to JMET

704

861

653

875

1006

793

1120

1023

685

The national roll-out of Universal Credit saw accelerated increase from April-November 2018. As of March 2018, there were 817,912 people on Universal Credit. This almost doubled by November 2018, in which there was 1,426,540 people on Universal Credit.

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