PENSIONER Karl Dallas has gone on hunger strike after receiving a demand for more than £5,500 from the Department of Work and Pensions.

The 84-year-old, from Church Green, Manningham, sat outside the DWP offices at Westfield House in Manningham Lane today armed with a placard to raise public awareness of his plight.

Mr Dallas said he was at the end of his tether trying to get the DWP to explain why it believed it had overpaid his pension credits since 2008.

“Nothing has changed since then. If they think there is something different then they need to tell me what it is because I don’t have a clue. Everything has stayed the same, there has been no change of circumstances I should have told them about. I don’t have all that money to hand over and even if I did, I wouldn’t give it to them until they can explain it to me and justify it. It’s just nonsense.”

He added: “There has been no change in my circumstances since I retired from full-time freelance journalism in 1998. I have declared all my royalty and other incomes to the Inland Revenue but they have advised me that because the sums are fairly small, I do not need to submit an annual return.”

The singer-songwriter, who is a retired freelance journalist and a well-known campaigner for peace and justice, said hunger strike was the only option left to him and despite bad health he would keep it up until he got answers.

Anyone wanting to support Mr Dallas should get in touch with him at wp.me/p38aoy-1eT

Source: Bradford pensioner goes on hunger strike in protest at DWP payment demand (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)

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