Published On: Tue, Aug 9th, 2022

Universal Credit: Pressure mounting on DWP to stop benefit deductions for overpayment | Personal Finance | Finance

“Jess’s and Mark’s income was already low, and now they simply do not have enough to live on.”

Mr Lindin highlighted that one in ten waiver requests were successful in 202. 

This was set against the 337,000 of new overpayments caused by DWP mistakes in the same period. 

He added: “No matter how an overpayment of Universal Credit happened, the DWP can ask for it back. 

“That’s the case even when somebody has done nothing wrong, and indeed has done everything that could reasonably have been expected of them. The DWP now openly asserts that it will only abandon recovery in ‘exceptional’ cases.”

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