Maternity pay overpayment

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So I've recently left my job after being on maternity leave. I received my last pay today and they have deducted money for what I'm guessing is an overpayment on maternity pay. I was due to get my holidays paid, and also they owed me for a pay rise I never received. I was only recieving SMP so i was on a low amount anyway, but they have deducted £397 and left me with £261 to live off until my income support comes through (which could take 6-8 weeks). My problem is I know I owe this money but they never notified me that they were deducting it and now they've left me really short. Are they allowed to take a lump sum out of my statutory maternity pay without notifying me? I would have happily paid the money back in instalments.


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