Overpaid Benefits Blunder

Families in Nottingham are facing huge debts after being overpaid benefits without their knowledge.

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Overpaid benefits blunder, full report

Households in Nottingham are facing huge debts after being overpaid benefits without their knowledge. In some cases benefits have been overpaid for more than a year. Now they're being asked to give the money back.

Nottingham City Council is blaming the government - saying a new system forced on them 9 months ago has led to a delay in processing changes in circumstances.

In a statement an official from the Department of Work and Pensions told Central News that the new system:

"Will get the right benefit payments to people faster and is forecast to save around three quarters of a billion pounds. Most local authorities are managing the system well and they are processing claims more quickly as a result."

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Victim of benefits blunder: it will take 14 years to pay money back

David Richmond owes the council more than £3,500 after being overpaid housing and council tax benefit - without knowing.

Nottingham City Council blame new procedures brought in by the government for the delay in updating people's records.

Nottingham City Council say they've not been able to process people's changes of circumstance quickly enough, after a new government system was bought in.

Families facing huge debts after 'benefit blunder'

Nottingham City Council say they have not been able to process people's changes of circumstance quickly enough Credit: ITV Central

Families in Nottingham are facing huge debts after being overpaid benefits without their knowledge.

David Richmond now owes the council more than £3,500 in overpaid housing and council tax benefits.

Nottingham City Council say they have not been able to process people's changes of circumstance quickly enough, after a new government system was bought in.