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Some claimants will see a temporary increase in their benefits payments because the DWP have suspended the recovery of benefits overpayments for three months from last week.

Deductions for the recovery of Universal Credit and legacy benefit overpayments, Social Fund loans and Tax Credit debts are being paused.

The DWP say that the majority of deductions will be suspended automatically. But if you currently make repayments through a standing order or similar arrangement, you should cancel this.

Recovery of overpayments by private sector debt collection agencies where people are no longer on benefits has also been suspended.

However, the DWP is continuing to recover advance payments of universal credit by deduction.

For more information, see this DWP press release


#1 Tracy 2020-05-09 21:22
My social fund repayments are still being taken from my Esa, I phoned Esa who put me into social fund who were most unhelpful saying that although dwp had said they would be automatically stopping taking repayments there was no system in place to stop them and they would not be doing each one manually

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