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I owe DWP money from a few years ago, and it's been referred to them. Can they take my backpayment?

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  • emmaepemmaep Member Posts: 0 Listener
    Ive just been awarded lcwra after a 10 month wait. I do owe dwp debt some money from a couple of years ago and I've been told it's been referred to them atm. Can they take all of my back payment, is there anything I can do to keep some or all of it. Thanks guys
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Community Team Posts: 3,214 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @emmaep :) Welcome to the community!

    I know your question was relevant to the post you commented on, but I thought it made sense to create a separate discussion on this topic as your situation is slightly different. 
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  • calcotticalcotti Member Posts: 481 Pioneering
    emmaep said:
    Ive just been awarded lcwra after a 10 month wait. I do owe dwp debt some money from a couple of years ago and I've been told it's been referred to them atm. Can they take all of my back payment, is there anything I can do to keep some or all of it. Thanks guys
    DWP certainly believe they can and will act on that basis, whether or not that is legally correct I am unclear.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 2,975 Disability Gamechanger
    My take on this is that the DWP can take money you owe them from this, they can even take owed money years later from a SRP if they wanted to, how much is the debt?
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • freeworldfreeworld Member Posts: 16 Listener
    @emmaep you should let them know what hardship will be caused if they take some/all of your back pay... Other then that you may want to fight it all the way to high court as a legal issue to be tested as case law. Something doesn't seem right about taking money from disabled people.......
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