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This guide is for DWP staff. It explains how overpayments of benefits administered by DWP are recovered, including advances of benefits and hardship payments.
Restarting repayments that were stopped because of coronavirus (COVID-19)
Repayments that were temporarily stopped because of coronavirus are starting again.
If money is usually taken from your benefits or pay, or you previously repaid by Direct Debit, you do not need to do anything. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will write to you when repayments restart.
If you usually make repayments through a bank standing order, bank giro credit or by online banking, contact your bank to restart your repayments at the same rate as before.
Why we publish this guide
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