Overpayment - DWP at fault
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I was recently awarded LCWRA after a 10 month wait and a cancelled WCA, which was then rescheduled.
I receive PIP also due to my disabilities and permanent health conditions.
I have done everything correctly such as submitting fit notes etc to them until I no longer needed to.
I then received back pay that I was owed.
I got a letter in my journal telling me that they’ve overpaid me over £1200 and will taking £50.24 per month of my UC. As of this month, that deduction has been made.
I simply cannot afford this and I’m already struggling due to many factors, not least of all being on my own and the cost of living.
Is there anything I can do about this? I’m so angry and upset that they’ve made such a huge mistake and as usual it’s the claimants who suffer.
Thanks for any help/advice!
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As already suggested.... have you checked that you have definitely been overpaid? You can ask for a statement of reasons about the overpayment.
If everything is correct then you can ask for the deduction to be lowered. You would have to provide evidence to support your financial situation.
Read this link for further information:
Fact Sheet - Benefit overpayments under the Universal Credit System | National Debtline
In the real world they generally are. If somebody can't afford to pay back £50 per month, it would be strange for them to be able to pay back £1200 in one lump.