Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Universal Credit included in overpayments and loan suspension

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Thursday, May 14th, 2020
Community, Coronavirus

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has said that her Department will be pausing the recovery of benefit overpayments and loan repayments, including Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Universal Credit as well as a number of other Social Security benefits for three months.


She said it is in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.


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Announcing the suspension, Minister Hargey told Newry Times, “This suspension of debt recovery activity will provide financial easement to people with benefit overpayment related debt or an outstanding loan balance.

“The change means many people will see an increase in the amount of money they receive in benefits during these three months.”



Overpayment and loan deductions will cease from the following benefits:

Universal Credit

Attendance Allowance

Carer’s Allowance

Disability Living Allowance

Employment Support Allowance

Industrial Injuries Benefit

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

Income Support

Jobseeker’s Allowance

Maternity Allowance

Pension Credit

Personal Independence Payment

State Pension

Widow’s Parents Allowance

Widow’s Pension Allowance



Many activities will cease immediately but others may take longer to implement.

Recovery of all Social Fund and Discretionary Support loans will be suspended.

Customers currently making repayments through a Bank Standing Order may wish to contact their bank to cancel their arrangement, however, this will need to be set up again following this pause period.



For customers repaying through other means, the Department has already written to employers asking them to stop deductions from salaries and all recoveries by Direct Debit will also be suspended for three months.

Minister Hargey added, “I remain committed to doing everything I can to ensure that those most in need and the most vulnerable receive all the financial help and support they can during this difficult time.

“This suspension of the recovery of benefit overpayments and loans will go some way to easing the financial difficulty that many find themselves in during this period of uncertainty.”




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