Universal Credit

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 24th June 2019.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Chair, Work and Pensions Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2019 to Question 264329, of the 0.749 million claimants with deductions from universal credit for non-universal credit debts, how much debt has been repaid from each benefit in the Prescribed Social Security Benefits / Payments category.

Photo of Alok Sharma Alok Sharma The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The table below details the amount recovered from Universal Credit to repay non-Universal Credit overpayments in 2018-19. To provide a full picture we have included recovery of all benefit related debt including such things as non UC Advances and Tax Credit recoveries even though these are not strictly prescribed payments.


Amount Recovered

Attendance Allowance


Administrative Penalty


Bereavement Allowance


Carers Allowance


Civil Penalties


Disability Living Allowance


Disability Working Allowance

Less than £1,000

Employment & Support Allowance


Family Credit


Housing Benefit


Incapacity Benefit


Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit


Income Support


Invalidity Benefit

Less than £1,000

Jobseeker's Allowance


Maternity Allowance


Non-Contributory Retirement Pension

Less than £1,000

New State Pension

Less than £1,000

Pension Credit


Personal Independence Payment


Retirement Pension: Contributory


Sickness Benefit


Severe Disablement Allowance


Social Fund Loan


Social Fund Overpayment


Non - Universal Credit short term advances


Tax Credit Overpayment


Widow's Benefit


Widowed Mother's Allowance

Less than £1,000

Widows Pension


Widowed Parent's Allowance


Christmas Bonus




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.

*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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