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Social Security Benefits

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 268400, tabled on 24 June 2019

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.

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.*


Current Debt Balance

Attendance Allowance


Administrative Penalty


Bereavement Allowance


Bereavement Benefit


Bereavement Support Payment


Carer’s Allowance


Civil Penalties


Disability Living Allowance


Disability Working Allowance


Employment and Support Allowance


Family Credit


Housing Benefit


Incapacity Benefit


Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit


Income Support


Invalidity Benefit


Job Seekers Allowance


Maternity Allowance


Pension Credit


Personal Independence Payments


Reduced Earnings Allowance


Retirement Pension


Sickness Benefit


Severe Disablement Allowance


Social Fund Loans


Social Fund Overpayments


Non UC Short Term Advances


Supplementary Benefit


Tax Credit Overpayment


Unemployment Benefit


Widows Benefit


Widowed Mother Allowance


Widows Pension


Widowed Parent’s Allowance


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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