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Carers Allowance

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed that nearly 135,000 people had an outstanding debt due to overpayments of Carer’s Allowance.

 

Pensions Minister Paul Maynard said that a total of £251 million is due to be repaid by 134,800 current or previous claimants of the benefit.

 

The overpayments have arisen because claimants have seen their income rise above the limit for the benefit which is currently £151 per week. Exceeding that threshold by even a £1 means the total benefit is lost.

 

The latest DWP figures show there were over 991,000 people in receipt of Carers Allowance at the end of November 2023 with women making up 68% of the total.

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