Benefit overpayments and back payments

When claiming benefits, it’s important to know what you’re entitled to. Receiving the right amount at the right time helps you to budget properly and avoid financial difficulties. But sometimes you may find you haven’t been paid enough or have been paid too much. When this happens, it’s important to address the mistake as soon as possible in order to avoid the risk of bigger problems at a later date.

If you have been overpaid, even if it isn’t your fault, you may be asked to pay back the money you were wrongly given. For many people, having to return overpayments can be difficult, particularly as they may already have spent the money. If you are asked for a lump sum, it’s often possible to challenge this and you may then be able to pay back the money in smaller amounts over a longer period. If you need help negotiating the terms for repaying money, we can help.

If you haven’t received as much money as you are entitled to, you may be able to claim back payments. Usually, you can only claim for the previous month so it’s important to act as soon as you realise a mistake has been made. However, in special circumstances, you may be able to claim for a longer period. If you need help finding out if you are entitled to back payments or to make a claim, our experienced solicitors are here to provide the support you need.

At QualitySolicitors we work quickly and efficiently to help you resolve problems with benefit payments. We offer free initial assessment and a no hidden costs promise, so to find out more, contact one of our friendly and knowledgeable solicitors on 08082747557.

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