Social Security Benefits:Written question - 268400

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Asked by Frank Field
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Asked on: 24 June 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Social Security Benefits
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 24 Jun 2019 to Question 264329, of the 749,000 claimants with deductions from universal credit for non-universal credit debts, how much debt remains outstanding for each benefit in the Prescribed Social Security Benefits / Payments category.
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Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 27 June 2019

The table below shows the outstanding debt balances for the 749k Debtors with recovery from UC for non-UC debts.*

Benefit

Current Debt Balance

Attendance Allowance

£0.022m

Administrative Penalty

£0.011m

Bereavement Allowance

£0.038m

Bereavement Benefit

£0.001m

Bereavement Support Payment

£0.005m

Carer’s Allowance

£18.290m

Civil Penalties

£0.099m

Disability Living Allowance

£6.934m

Disability Working Allowance

£0.004m

Employment and Support Allowance

£39.226m

Family Credit

£0.097m

Housing Benefit

£94.378m

Incapacity Benefit

£6.371m

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

£0.027m

Income Support

£120.712m

Invalidity Benefit

£0.080m

Job Seekers Allowance

£22.745m

Maternity Allowance

£0.096m

Pension Credit

£0.568m

Personal Independence Payments

£1.262m

Reduced Earnings Allowance

£0.006m

Retirement Pension

£0.126m

Sickness Benefit

£0.002m

Severe Disablement Allowance

£0.259m

Social Fund Loans

£73.925m

Social Fund Overpayments

£0.619m

Non UC Short Term Advances

£0.293m

Supplementary Benefit

£0.113m

Tax Credit Overpayment

£635.113m

Unemployment Benefit

£0.020m

Widows Benefit

£0.045m

Widowed Mother Allowance

£0.418m

Widows Pension

£0.125m

Widowed Parent’s Allowance

£1.491m

The Department works hard to prevent potential benefit overpayments from occurring. Internal and external data matches are increasingly helping inform benefit payments and alerting staff to check for any undeclared changes in people’s circumstances in real time.

Where overpayments do occur, the Department ensures that appropriate safeguards are in place to protect claimants who are subject to deductions to repay these overpayments.

It is not intended that the recovery of an overpayment should cause any claimant undue financial hardship.

*The data provided in this response has been sourced from internal management information and was not intended for public release. It should therefore not be compared to any other, similar data subsequently released by the Department. All figures have been rounded to the nearest thousand.

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