Social Security Benefits

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 17th December 2020.

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Photo of Naseem Shah Naseem Shah Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she will suspend all benefit debt deductions during the winter months with immediate effect.

Photo of Will Quince Will Quince The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

DWP and HMRC currently have no plans to suspend benefit debt deductions.

There are established support processes in place for any claimants who may be experiencing financial difficulty.

Anyone unable to afford a rate of recovery proposed by DWP is encouraged to contact them so an affordable rate of repayment can be negotiated.

Anyone unable to afford a rate of recovery proposed by HMRC is encouraged to check the HMRC webpages, or contact them to see what support they can offer.

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