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apples
apples Community member Posts: 297 Courageous
Last October / November ish time I was placed into temp accommodation by the council, I was given a pay point card and told that I will receive housing benefit and I will need to pay my rent using the pay point card.

so in November I received my uc and a further £848.34 for my rent. I went onto the councils website to check my bill and it said £0.00 I also moved properties 2 days before 
my uc was due

I rang the council and they said I didn’t owe anything and I’m upto date and they said to ring uc to ask if the paid my rent and paid me

after ringing uc they said they had only made the 1 payment to myself, so I rang the council back and told them and they said well you don’t owe us anything

so I rang uc again to report the mistake and at the time also told my work coach this was December and have heard nothing since

i have been told it can take upto 6 years for them to claim back overpayments is this right ? Also would they want the amount back in full ? 

I haven’t spent it as I know it’s not mine but thinking maybe I could use this to pay my council tax bill ?

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,252 Disability Gamechanger
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    If there is any overpayment of UC then they wouldn't expect it to be paid back in full. They would reduce your UC monthly to repay the debt.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • apples
    apples Community member Posts: 297 Courageous
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    Thanks poppy at least if it comes to it I can use it to pay my ct which will be a weight of my shoulders 
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,981 Disability Gamechanger
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    How are things for you at the moment @apples? I hope things are well but we are here for you if you need anything.

    This applies even if we can only provide a listening ear. I appreciate it has been a little while since you last posted on this thread now though  :)
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