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Been off work for over 12 months due to anxiety and depression and having a breakdown.
I claim universal credit and receive lcwra element and housing benefit.
Finally ceased employment August 19 after my ssp had fully exhausted.
Received final pay from employer which was £0 as they said they had overpayed me and that I owed them.
Went through ACAS conciliation and had a tribunal claim which was due to court in February 2020.
Employer settled out of court and admitted they was wrong and I we agreed on a sum of £2200. They paid the tax on it and it was directly paid to my account on the 4th march 2020. I also received my full universal credit award on the 10th that month.
I have today looked to see if my payment is available for April and it is showing as £0 due to a reported earnings by my employer of £2200.
Yes I did receive £2200 which was a compensation /settlement payout and I was under the full impression that this was my money to do as I wish as it was a payout not an actual wage. The money has all been spent on various things and I was expecting my normal pay this month to continue but as I've explained above it has been reduced to zero pounds because of my payout. Can anyone help or has anyone been in this situation and what was their outcome. I didn't realise the dwp could do this and I'm hoping it maybe a problem with their system where it sees an amount of money as a wage whether it's compensation or not. I'm really stressed as I have my 13 year old son up for easter and with all this covid19 situation too it is making feel really ill plus seeing my payment today is really not helping my mental health. I look forward to any replies thanks
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