Can I also ask are they able to deduct any backdated payment from a housing benefit overpayment from a council, despite this alleged overpayment being the subject of a separate tribunal yet to be heard? The housing benefit overpayment occurred when I moved to a different location to get access to my treatment quicker. The new council told me I needed to apply for UC but the DWP wrote to me at my new address informing me that they had reviewed my claim and were going to keep me on ESA. I was literally going round in circles for months because no one wanted to pay me housing benefit which I was entitled to. All the time my old local authority were paying my housing benefit which they would like recovered. From my perspective there has been no overpayment the problem has arisen because it was the wrong source who was paying the housing benefit.