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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) works with insurance companies, solicitors and Department for Work and Pensions (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

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 please email us at – cru.udt@dwp.gsi.gov.uk

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 addresses to be used to send remittances to are:

CRU.Banking@dwp.gsi.gov.uk

CRU.Bankingreconciliation@dwp.gsi.gov.uk

Contact CRU

We take calls from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Our phone number will be at the top of any letter we send you.

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.

Contacts for claims that have been registered

Subject Phone Fax Email
Request certificate 0191 22 52359 High volume certificate team
Notify settlement Settlements team
National recoupment team 0191 22 47720 National recoupment team
Personal injury claims 0191 22 52383 0191 22 52366 CRU assessments
Disease claims 0191 22 52435 0191 22 52955 CRU specialist operations
Clinical negligence claims 0191 22 52960 0191 22 52645 CRU clinical negligence
NHS cases 0191 22 52588 0191 22 52309 CRU NHS enquiries
Reviews 0191 22 52352 0191 22 52343 CRU reviews
Dispute resolution team and reviews 0191 22 52333 0191 22 52102 Dispute Resolution team

Customer Service Managers

If you have spoken to one of the contacts above but were not happy with the level of service you received, you can speak to one of our Customer Service Managers.

Subject Contact Phone
Compensation and personal injury cases Lee Leadbitter 0191 225 2706
John Oxenham 0191 225 2200
NHS and Clinical Negligence Joanne Hughes 0191 224 7639
Disease Merryl Hall 0191 225 2220
Dispute resolution team and reviews Judith Stoker 0191 225 2925
Customer feedback manager Cheryl Low 0191 224 7612
Universal Credit Merryl Hall 0191 225 2220

Customer feedback team

Subject Phone Email
Feedback on guidance and legislation 0191 225 2347 CRU customer feedback

Data protection

Right of Access Requests (RARs)

Phone Fax Email
0191 225 2511 0191 225 2150 CRU data protection

Freedom of Information

If you have a request under the Freedom of Information Act that is specific to CRU, email cru.foi@dwp.gsi.gov.uk.

Our address

Compensation Recovery Unit
Post Handling Site B
Wolverhampton
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.

Guidance and forms

Guidance and forms for compensators and their representatives.

Bulletins

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

  1. Compensation Recovery Unit bulletins

    • Guidance

Performance

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

  1. Compensation Recovery Unit customer satisfaction survey 2014

    • Research and analysis
  2. Compensation Recovery Unit performance data

    • Transparency data
  3. Recovery data for the 2008 Diffuse Mesothelioma Scheme

    • Transparency data
  4. Compensation Recovery Unit customer satisfaction survey 2011

    • Research and analysis

If you've claimed compensation

These guides are for people who have claimed compensation.

Published 1 September 2013
Last updated 6 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Changed fax number for CRU Clinical negligence claims to 0191 225 2645.
  2. Revised CRU contact information for Customer Service Managers (Disease, Universal Credit and Customer feedback team manager).
  3. Revised CRU contact information for 'Dispute resolution team and reviews'.
  4. Revised CRU contact information for Data Protection and Freedom of Information.
  5. Changed 'DWP CRU bank account to be used for payments' details.
  6. Updated Customer Service Manager for diseases and added contact for Universal Credit.
  7. Revised Data Protection phone number to: 0191 225 2547.
  8. Added new CRU email address for Clinical Negligence.
  9. Added a note stating the CRU e-service will be unavailable from 8pm on Friday 9 December to 3:05am on Saturday 10 December.
  10. Updated Customer Service Manager (compensation and personal injury cases and customer feedback team manager) and data protection contact details.
  11. Added new CRU email address for Freedom of Information requests.
  12. Changed 'Data protection and Freedom of Information' phone number to: 0191 224 7819.
  13. CRU customer feedback team telephone number changed to: 019 225 2347.
  14. Updated Contact CRU 'Customer Service Managers' - NHS and Clinical Negligence and Disease.
  15. Updated 'Contacts for claims that have been registered' - NHS cases and 'Customer Service Manager' - NHS cases.
  16. Added new CRU postal address.
  17. Changes to Customer Service Managers.
  18. Added section: How to make a CRU payment.
  19. Added contact email address for notifying CRU settlements.
  20. Published a report of findings from the 2014 customer satisfaction survey.
  21. First published.