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I apologise for starting a new thread as there are others on overpayment of salary but though they were a great help I still need a wee bit more advise.


I was a civil servant for some 20 years. I went off sick in August 2008 I didn't return and was dismissed through ill health in March 2009. A few weeks ago I was sent a letter stating I was over paid for the month of September 2008. I asked for a breakdown of these figures but had heard nothing til a court summons arrived this morning. I have phoned back and the break down is on it's way.


Having just got my other debts (Some £20,000) sorted on a plan this is a real blow. I'm told that they will not add a further debt to it. Anyway the amount I owe is for £1,200. While I was off sick I received no pay slips so I couldn't check whether this amount is right. I was only given my pay slips after I was dismissed. I was asked to go to the office to pick up my personal belongings and with them was an envelope containing 7 months pay slips. I gather from the other posts that I will have to pay this money back but I was wondering if there would be anyway I could negotiate a lesser sum as I advised them from the first day of my illness so cant understand how they made an error.


I am still in financial hardship and this is another knock. Any ideas about how to get this sum down would be gratefully received as would any comment on what to do next.

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You were dismissed in March 2009, and overpaid for September 2009... and they sent you a letter in April/May 2011?

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i think they are out of time for reclaiming the over payment anyway, and you certainly do not owe them any money for September 2009 as your employment was terminated in march 2009 so that would itself be a complete defense

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probably meant 2008?

as being a civil servant dont you get medical cover and coudlnt you get a further six months on half pay?

did they give you notice of the dismisal and pay you for that period, did you approach your union.

Any way you only have to apy back nett overpayment ( gross less deductions ).

Also they would have satisfy you that they did infact overpay you, submit payslips etc.

If you accept what they say you can offer to pay it back, in writing, at a rate that will not cause you hardship ( £1/month )

If they wont accept, inlikely, go to court and take your offer, court usually on your side, especialy if you have made an offer.

good luck.

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