The executors of a British pensioner’s estate have filed a legal challenge against the Government over what they say is a failure to honour the £8.7m payment made to the estate in 2016.
The executors, from the UK Pensioners’ Society, say the Government owes them £8,619.57 in unpaid benefits since they were appointed trustees of the estate.
A spokesman for the Secretary of State for Exchequer (SEP), said: We take all complaints seriously and have launched an internal review.
In 2017 the government paid out £10m in compensation to more than 1,400 pensioners who were beneficiaries of the pension scheme, which provides help for the elderly and disabled.
Many of the claimants were former beneficiaries and the pensioner had not received the full amount from the scheme.
Mr O’Neill, who has dementia and is on disability, says the Government is responsible for the shortfall.
“If they had taken it into account, they could have made a difference,” he said.
He said the money was owed as the Government failed to pay for the estate’s building, the upkeep of its property, the care of its members and for other expenses.
At the time of the payment, Mr O’Sullivan said the estate had a pensioner who had received just under £2,000 a week.
When he died, the pension was £2.4m.
But the Government did not pay him the full £2m payment as it failed to give him the amount of money owed to the trust.
It has since repaid the money and he is still alive.
After the payment was made, the Government was also not paying out the full value of his property, which is now worth £6m.
He said he was now on disability and living on the pension, which he has since been able to claim.
His son is also on disability.
They said that since the Government’s failure to pay out the estate, it had paid the trust just under $2m.
The pensioner said it was “completely outrageous” the government had paid out the money when it could have paid him more.
However, he said he believed the Government should have paid the full payment.
There are currently about 1,000 pensioners in the estate and many are elderly, he added.
Former trustees of estate, who are not named in the complaint, are also expected to take legal action against the government over the issue.
Sophie Gormley, one of the group’s lawyers, said the case would have “significant ramifications” for the Government.
She said the group was “absolutely delighted” to be involved in the case.
Ms Gormleys clients include former Prime Minister Sir Nicholas Soames, former Home Secretary Sir John Major, former deputy prime minister Sir Peter Bottomley, former Labour leader Ed Miliband and former Health Secretary Norman Lamb.
An earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to Mr O Sullivan as the secretary of State.