Recovery of benefit overpayments

The suspension of benefit overpayment recoveries was introduced in early April 2020 as a policy decision without the need for legislation. The DWP has confirmed, in an update to overpayment recovery guidance on 7 July 2020, that it is restarting recoveries.

Legislation relating to this issue has not yet been added to universalcredit info.

Further explanation of the policy change in response to the COVID-19 outbreak is set out in guidance.

Gov.uk guidance on suspension of benefit overpayment recoveries

Recovery of benefit overpayments suspended

DWP advises that it is stopping debt recovery activity ‘as soon as possible’ in relation to benefit-related overpayments, social fund loans and tax credit debts.

We’re not aware of any case law relating to this issue.