What is a Benefit Overpayment?
An overpayment of benefits occurs if you are paid:
Some of the reasons why this may happen include:
You give incorrect information when you claim benefit
You do not report a change in your circumstances
The benefit office makes an administrative error
Information that you give the benefit office is not taken into account correctly.
How do I know if I have been overpaid?
You might realise that you have been overpaid because:
The amount you have received is incorrect
You have given incorrect information
You have not reported a change in your circumstances
You may also receive a letter from the benefits office telling you that you have been overpaid.
We strongly recommend that anyone who has been told they have been overpaid a benefit should seek advice from a benefits or legal adviser.