Committee of MPs wants to hear from parents affected by Carer’s Allowance overpayments
Wednesday 28th November 2018
According to press reports the Department of Works and Pensions is currently pursuing thousands of carers for overpayments of carer's allowance, some from a number of years ago.
It has been reported that thousands of carers will be asked to repay money, with up to 10,000 facing fines and a smaller number at risk of persecution.
There has been widespread concern that most of these overpayments will have resulted from innocent mistakes. For example, where a carer has not understood that an increase in their earnings could affect their award or where a carer was unaware that starting a full time course of education meant they were no longer entitled.
Now MPs on the Commons Select Committee on Work and Pensions is to investigate the action that the Department for Work and Pensions has taken. Amongst other things they want the Department for Work and Pensions to question whether its actions in pursuing carers for these overpayments are in the best interests 'not just of individuals, but of society and the wider economy'.
As part of this process, the Select Committee wants to hear from carers who have been overpaid Carer's Allowance and have launched an online survey for carer's to tell them about their experiences.
If you have been affected by this, you can take part in the survey online. (Please note - if the link doesn't work, you might have to change browser).