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An elderly neighbour has died, leaving just under £10,000 in cash in the house. (No bank account - she didn't like them!) Her family banked it, though, after her death - thinking that was the right thing to do. Now the benefit people are chasing them for extra information...

 

I don't know how she did it, probably a war-time rationing mentality, but she managed to save the money while living on benefits. She only ever claimed what she was told she was entitled to as a widow, living on her own, with no other pensions etc.

 

What will happen now? Did she do something wrong? I can't see why someone (or their family) should be penalised and punished for saving on a meagre income. Will some/all of the money have to be repaid?

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The family have done the right thing by banking the money

 

If there any dispute over where the 10,000 pound should end up,it's down to the courts to sort out and not the DWP.

 

Family need to contact CAB or solicitor to sort this one out and see if there was a "Will"


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I've come across this situation before - benefits overpayments are reclaimable from the estate. If the family spend the money first, then the money will be reclaimed off of them.


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I understood that people on benefits could have a certain amount of savings ?


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if she was in receipt of pension credit, the first 10k of capital is disregarded


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