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Ministers clawing back £251m from carers hit by DWP’s allowance failures | Carers

It has been revealed that ministers have recovered more than £250 million from unpaid carers over benefit breaches that occurred largely as a result of government failures.

More than 134,000 people who care for a loved one are forced to pay back often huge carer allowance overpayments. In many cases, debts arise through no fault of their own, leaving caregivers with huge debts, and some have been convicted of crimes.

Five years ago, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) promised to fix the problem of carers not being immediately notified if they were earning more than the £151-a-week limit to qualify for carer’s allowance.

But successive ministers have failed to resolve the issue, leaving tens of thousands of unpaid carers left alone. Britain could save £160bn a year And we will help sustain the NHS and social care services, which are facing financial hardship as they repay their debts.

Ministers were made aware of the negative financial and psychological impact that overpayments have on carers through initiatives such as: DWP commissioned research It was completed in 2021 but was blocked from publication for three years until it was finally published on Thursday after pressure from MPs and campaigners.

The Guardian has revealed how more than 134,000 unpaid carers are paying back huge fines, in some cases up to £20,000, as a result of the DWP’s failures. There are 156,000 outstanding carer allowance obligations, suggesting some carers are repaying multiple overpayments.

Please tell us if you have ever been investigated by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in relation to your carer’s allowance claim and how this has affected you.

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