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Looking for some advice regarding pension overpayment. My father had his state pension start in November. They didn't pay him on time so got a back payment of £1000 roughly last week. Yesterday he had the same amount go in again. Clearly a duplicate payment. He has got onto financial trouble over the last couple of years due to I'll health and this payment would certainly ease that. Wondering should I inform them or will they chase him for the overpayment. 

 

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Pete

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Hi.

 

I think if they find there's an overpayment they may just deduct it from future pension payments.

 

It could be worth writing to them and asking to see their calculations, that way you should be able to work out if they've got it right or not.

 

HB


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My understanding is that if they make an overpayment in state pension they have a duty to recover it if they can. Whether by deduction from future pension or by seeking immediate repayment in full. 

 

So if you suspect that £1,000 overpayment has been made but you spend it hoping they won't notice/won't ask for it back is high risk for you (your father). Query it with them now to avoid future hassle. 

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Best to contact them and make sure, also do it in writing, keep the money on one side  for now and don't spend it but be prepared to pay it back, keep all receipts and letters etc, as DWP   Pensions might mess up and pass it to Debt Recovery even if you pay it all back and start deducting it anyway, so you need a paper trail.


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Has your father checked that he's claiming everything he's entitled to? He could look at the entitledto benefits calculator or maybe his council has a welfare rights adviser. My MiL got help locally when she was widowed.

 

Also, have we seen details of your father's debts to see if we can help?

 

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Good points HB


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