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Department for Work and Pensions intends to recover £150 million in overpaid Carer’s Allowance

Tuesday 30th April 2019

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) intends to recover £150 million in overpaid carer's allowance from almost 80,000 carers.

According to a recent report from the National Audit Office (NAO) the Department for Work and Pensions has identified £150 million in overpaid Carer's Allowance which it intends to recover.

In most cases these overpayments were not as a result of fraud but rather innocent mistakes, such as a carer not understanding how an increase in earnings might affect their Carer's Allowance.

The NAO's report notes that many of these overpayments could have been detected much earlier if sufficient staff and better processes had been put in place.

In response to the NAO's report, Frank Field, chair of the Commons Select Committee on Work and Pensions, said:

"Once again, the NAO has devastatingly laid bare the incompetence at DWP and its stark human cost.

"Not for the first time, we see DWP squeezing those least able to afford it. It will chase down carers who provide such an immense service to our society…when it knows that a large part of the responsibility lies squarely at its own door.

"Worse still, the NAO shows that DWP hasn't bothered to find out what clawing back these sums will cost carers and the people they care for, in every sense."