To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants are having deductions made from their State Pension as a result of debts owed to the Government.
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in what circumstances her Department makes deductions from State Pension payments to repay claimant debts owed to the Government.
Regulations allow a number of deductions and adjustments to be made from State Pension. There are also limits on the amount that can be taken. Deductions taken to repay claimant debts owed to Government include those in respect of benefit overpayments and civil and administrative penalties.
All such debts are first notified to the customer in writing; notifications also include information on what action can be taken by the customer if they wish to dispute the amount stated as owing. A further notification is issued before any deductions from State Pension commence.
Anyone unable to afford the rate of recovery proposed is encouraged to contact DWP so an affordable rate of repayment can be negotiated.