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Today I feel sad and disillusioned with the antics of the DWP.
Most of you will know that they closed my DLA claim down because (they said) that I had not followed the rules when I was asked to move over to PIP.
Well this morning I recieved a letter telling me that I owe them £450.20 in respect of 4 weeks worth of DLA payments that were made to me by them in error.
So telephoned them and obtained their explanation. Apparently they 'suspended' the DLA claim for 4 weeks and then 'terminated' the claim. Under the 'suspension' I should not have received any money but I did which I admit to have received. They now want it back as the 'termination' should have taken place from the date the 'suspension' was activated and not from the date of the decision to 'terminate' the claim.
Hence they want their pound of flesh!
This is only the tip of the iceberg so to speak. Because my DLA claim was active for 4 weeks longer than it should, I have been overpaid Pension Credit of £388.26 (the double disability premium was given for those 4 weeks in error), On top of that they (the Pension Service) paid towards our mortgage 4 payments of £55.23. Then the Council will want their pound of flesh as for those 4 weeks we were not entitled to the 100% relief for Council Tax Support, another £28.59 a week.
All in all for those 4 weeks that they paid me in error I am going to have to find £450.20 + £388.26 + £220.92 + £114.36 = £1173.74!!
Ah well, I will now have to read up on whether everyone has the right to this money. This DLA/PIP transfer is costing me a damn fortune - I am losing nearly £300 a week, if you include the Council Tax Support and now everyone will want more!!
I know that what they are saving just on me - £15,258.62 a year is only a tiny fraction of the £2.6bn they intend to save overall each year, but it feels like £2.6bn!!
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