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Overpayment & home
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My friends dad has a house that is part buy, part rent setup. He is 57 years old. He own 25% and pays rent on the rest. Some housing association thingy. My friend says his dad received a letter that he had been overpaid on IB. This dates back two years ago. Coupled with HB/CTB it amounts to over 10K. He should have moved from IB to JSA as his condition improved but he stayed silent and then got a job. He cannot afford to repay the amount and fears his dad will have to sell his share in the house. What he earns just covers the bills. Can he pay back only what he can afford? He has a partner now but not so when he was IB. I ran this past my friend but I need to check it with some folk on here. If he were entitled to JSA then he would be entitled to HB/CTB as well I would assume. Surely this has to offset what he owes in overpayment because he could have claimed JSA if he switched. Therefore the amount owed should be hundreds not thousands. I'm I correct?. I have advised my friend to tell his dad to see someone at the CAB. But he is a bit worried for his Dad.
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