Compensation Recovery Unit

The Compensation Recovery Unit recovers social security benefits in certain compensation cases and NHS costs in certain injury cases.

The Compensation Recovery Unit (CRU), as part of Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), works with insurance companies, solicitors and any DWP customers, to recover:

  • amounts of social security benefits paid as a result of an accident, injury or disease, if a compensation payment has been made (the Compensation Recovery Scheme)
  • costs incurred by NHS hospitals and Ambulance Trusts for treatment from injuries from road traffic accidents and personal injury claims (Recovery of NHS Charges)

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Registering a compensation claim

Compensators who receive a claim for compensation must send form CRU1 to the CRU within 14 days to register the claim. Registering the claim does not mean that you have accepted liability for the accident, injury or disease.

Please include a National Insurance number on form CRU1 to help us:

  • decide if there are any recoverable benefits
  • deal with urgent certificate requests

Go to CRU forms.

Acknowledgement of your registration

We will send you an acknowledgement form when you register a claim. You will need to return this acknowledgement form to us when you apply for a certificate.

Transfer of responsibility

If you are a solicitor who has taken over responsibility for a case that has already been registered, please send us form CRU1 (Sol). If you subsequently return responsibility to the insurer, please send us form CRU1 (Rep).

CRU e-service

Our new digital service

The new Compensation Recovery Service (CRS) is now in a limited testing phase and is being used by several Compensators.

As part of the new service representatives will receive copies of CRU certificates via e-mail.

Email addresses of representatives will be captured as part of the new services CRU1 registration process.

To find out more about the new service email us at

You can use the CRU e-service if your company cannot use any of the following services:

  • CRIF (Cache PI)
  • Experian (Claims Underwriting Exchange (CUE))
  • Insurance Services Office (ISO – Claims Outcome Adviser)
  • Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

Please do not use the CRU e-service if your company already has another electronic link with CRU.

How it works

Compensators and their representatives can use the CRU e-service to:

  • request a certificate for a claim that has already been registered
  • notify the result of a claim that has already been registered
  • check a previous e-service transaction

We will issue a certificate by post to the address we hold for the compensator within 28 days of receiving the request.

Contact the CRU e-service

If you have any questions about the CRU e-service, email us at

Contact CRU

If you wish to contact us, use the phone number shown on the letter you have received from us. Alternatively you can email or write to us.

If you have a speech or hearing impairment our office has the Text Relay facility. The Text Relay number will be at the top of any letter we send you. The Text Relay number will be 18001 followed by the phone number.

British Sign Language (BSL) video relay service if you’re on a computer - find out how to use the service on mobile or tablet

Contacts for claims that have been registered

Subject Email
Request certificate
Notify settlement
Personal injury claims
Disease claims
Clinical negligence claims
NHS cases
Dispute resolution team and reviews
National recoupment team

Customer feedback team

Subject Email
Feedback on guidance and legislation

Freedom of Information

If you have a request under the Freedom of Information Act that is specific to CRU, email

CRU address

Debt Centre Sunderland
Compensation Recovery Unit
Post Handling Site B
WV99 2FR

Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

See the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

Compensation Recovery in Northern Ireland

See the Department for Communities in Northern Ireland.

How to make a CRU payment

You’ll be asked to make payments to the DWP CRU once the claim is settled.

DWP CRU bank account to be used for payments

Account name Sort code Account number
DWP CRU 60 70 80 10027432

Email addresses for remittances

Please provide the CRU reference when you email a remittance slip to the CRU to tell us a payment is being made. Or you can provide the CRU reference with the payment.

Email address to be used to send remittances to is

Recovery of benefits following an Employment Tribunal award

The Industrial Tribunals Act enables DWP to recover from an employer, some or all of the following benefits already paid for a period covered by an Employment Tribunal award:

  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income Support
  • income-related Employment Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit

An Employment Tribunal award can be made following a claim from an employee against an employer relating to, for example: unfair dismissal, discrimination or unfair deductions from pay.

The National Recoupment Team is responsible for claiming back benefits following an Employment Tribunal award. The claim is made against the employer and covers benefits paid during the relevant period.

Contact the National Recoupment Team for any queries about the recovery of benefits following an Employment Tribunal: 

National Recoupment Team
Mail Handling Site A
WV98 2DT

How to make a payment to the National Recoupment Team

You will be asked to make a payment once a judgment has been released by the court.

DWP Bank Account to be used for payments:

Account Name  Sort Code  Account Number
JCP Number 2 Account  60-70-80 10027467

Please provide the National Recoupment reference number on the BACS Payment.

Guidance and forms

Guidance and forms for compensators and their representatives.


Information for CRU customers including compensators, their representatives and personal injury claims managers.


CRU publishes data on its performance and on recoveries under the 2008 Diffuse Mesothelioma Scheme.

If you've claimed compensation

These guides are for people who have claimed compensation.

Published 1 September 2013
Last updated 20 February 2024 + show all updates
  1. Added guidance about recovery of benefits following an Employment Tribunal award.

  2. Updated the information about CRU e-service, our new digital service.

  3. Added the Compensation Recovery Unit customer satisfaction survey 2021.

  4. Added information explaining how external customers can get involved in research for a new CRU digital service.

  5. Added a link to the Video Relay Service (VRS).

  6. The quickest way to contact the Compensation Recovery Unit during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is by email or post. Phone numbers have been removed to reflect this.

  7. Added the Compensation Recovery Unit customer satisfaction survey 2019.

  8. Added the Compensation Recovery Unit customer satisfaction survey 2018.

  9. Revised contact CRU phone numbers for: contacts for claims that have been registered, customer feedback team and right of access requests. Changed made to CRU address, too.

  10. Removed Compensation Recovery Unit (CRU) Customer Service Managers contact information due to restructuring to our debt centre. New contact information will be added at a later date.

  11. Updated CRU contacts for Customer service managers for disease, assessments customer service managers and Universal Credit.

  12. Compensation Recovery Unit customer satisfaction survey 2018 added to the collection.

  13. Revised Contact CRU, Customer service managers by removing 'Compensation and personal injury cases' section and adding contact to 'Assessments customer service manager' list.

  14. Updated customer service manager information.

  15. Compensation Recovery Unit have been having problems with electronic files since Monday, 1 July 2018. We are working to fix the problem and will let you know when we have. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

  16. Changed fax number for CRU Clinical negligence claims to 0191 225 2645.

  17. Revised CRU contact information for Customer Service Managers (Disease, Universal Credit and Customer feedback team manager).

  18. Revised CRU contact information for 'Dispute resolution team and reviews'.

  19. Revised CRU contact information for Data Protection and Freedom of Information.

  20. Changed 'DWP CRU bank account to be used for payments' details.

  21. Updated Customer Service Manager for diseases and added contact for Universal Credit.

  22. Revised Data Protection phone number to: 0191 225 2547.

  23. Added new CRU email address for Clinical Negligence.

  24. Added a note stating the CRU e-service will be unavailable from 8pm on Friday 9 December to 3:05am on Saturday 10 December.

  25. Updated Customer Service Manager (compensation and personal injury cases and customer feedback team manager) and data protection contact details.

  26. Added new CRU email address for Freedom of Information requests.

  27. Changed Data protection and Freedom of Information phone number

  28. CRU customer feedback team telephone number changed to: 019 225 2347.

  29. Updated Contact CRU 'Customer Service Managers' - NHS and Clinical Negligence and Disease.

  30. Updated 'Contacts for claims that have been registered' - NHS cases and 'Customer Service Manager' - NHS cases.

  31. Added new CRU postal address.

  32. Changes to Customer Service Managers.

  33. Added section: How to make a CRU payment.

  34. Added contact email address for notifying CRU settlements.

  35. Published a report of findings from the 2014 customer satisfaction survey.

  36. First published.