DWP reluctance to correct overpayments – because the aim was to run up huge debts?

Now, why would the Department for Work and Pensions want to let benefit overpayments run on for months at a time?

To run up a huge debt that would put vulnerable people in extreme hardship?

To create mental ill-health as the claimants struggled to repay that debt?

To put people in danger of taking their own lives in despair?

Stranger things have happened…

A council has criticised the “bizarre” reluctance of welfare officials to act after it alerted them to benefits overpayments worth hundreds of thousands of pounds caused by universal credit system errors.

Tower Hamlets council said the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) would regularly take months to rectify incorrect payments despite repeated written reminders, even when they were told people ineligible for benefits were claiming Universal Credit.

In one case, the DWP reportedly insisted on paying a claim despite a warning that not only was the claimant most likely ineligible for benefits, as they had been living abroad for 10 months, but that police had recently raided their address and closed down a brothel.

Source: Slow response to universal credit errors ‘bizarre’, says council | Society | The Guardian

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