New NAV scandal? More than 500 people have been paid too little in disability benefits since 2015

NAV - unemployment - unemployedPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB
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The NAV has discovered a new error – 505 people have been paid too little in disability benefits since 2015. 

“We apologize to everyone who is affected by this. We’re fixing things so we can start paying out money. All those affected will receive a letter from the NAV,” NAV director Hans Christian Holte told NTB.

In October 2019, the infamous NAV scandal emerged after it became known that a number of Norwegians had been wrongly sentenced to prison because the NAV misinterpreted the EU regulations.

Now, the NAV has discovered a new error – 505 people on disability benefits have received too little payment in disability benefits. 

The NAV committed an error in calculating the benefit. 

Serious mistake

“We have several systems in the NAV that should ensure correct payments, but which do not communicate adequately between themselves. With the scheme in question, we have a manual routine that should ensure that those who participate in the scheme get the correct calculation, but what happened in these cases is that the routine has not been followed, Holte said.

The error dates back to 2015. Holte says that based on what they have found so far, there is nothing to indicate that more than 505 people were affected by the error.

But a random selection of 50 cases shows that nine people should receive more than NOK 100,000 in arrears, and one person should get more than NOK 200,000. In addition, everyone will receive interest on the amount to be paid in arrears.

“There is great variation in the amounts involved – from NOK 740 to over NOK 200,000. We will only have exact figures when the cases have been processed. The sample of 50 cases is random, and we do not yet know if it is representative,” Holte said.

“NAV has made a serious mistake”

Holte says that they are now working on correcting the error.

“We have to look at why the routine failure has occurred…

“I see this as very serious. The NAV has made a serious mistake that has had direct consequences for a group of people. We take it very seriously and will rectify it as soon as possible.”

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