I had a letter about a month ago from the DWP stating that I owe them £3800.00p as a result of benefit overpayment.
This was entirely thier fault, it was not because I made a fraudulant claim or anything like that, they just made an error in my benefits that resulted in my being overpaid, this is going back nearly 12 years.
I phoned them and told them it wasn't my fault and they said that under the new legislation they can reclaim overpaid benefits no matter whose fault it is.
I contacted the Citizens advice bureau, Welfare rights unit and also the Community legal service but they said there was nothing they could do due to the new legislations.
I have worked out all my outgoings and it comes to £391.00 monthly. My benefit is £400.52 monthly.
They have told me they are going to take 23.66p per week (£94.64p monthly) untill the overpayment is cleared. I can of course pay the overpayment of in full if I wish in a single payment, They accept credit and debit card payments.
thats a laugh, I only have a basic bank account with no overdraft facilities or credit cards. I only use it to have my benefit paid in to.
I go to a support group for depression once a week that costs £2.00p (£8.00p monthly)
I also go to a gym twice a week for exercise that costs £3.00p (24.00p monthly)
These were advised by my gp and CBT therapist as I have COPD, severe depression, ocd and GAD.
The DWP told me I would be £32.00 per month better off if I stopped going to these.
I never go through the door except to the two above mentioned activities due to my depression, COPD and GAD
I am at my wits end, I just have no idea how I am supposed to manage as now they are taking £94.64p a month of me I don't have enough left to live on.
I just don't understand it at all, I had no idea I was being overpaid, It was thier mistake, now I am being forced to correct it.
Anyone else have this problem with the dwp?