Over £10k worth of housing benefit could be written-off by Solihull Council - The Solihull Observer

Over £10k worth of housing benefit could be written-off by Solihull Council

Solihull Editorial 7th Sep, 2020 Updated: 7th Sep, 2020   0

OVER £10,000 in benefits overpayments could be written off by Solihull Council.

The borough’s cabinet member for resources, Coun Bob Sleigh, is considering the write-off after the council was unable to reclaim overpaid housing benefit amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Residents who receive housing benefit, but failed to tell the council about changed circumstances, may have been overpaid.

No reminder notices were sent out by the council in the first quarter of the year because of the coronavirus lockdown.




The borough council said the total of overpayments was lower than in 2019, and benefits continue to be paid back through deductions in Universal Credit.

Debt write-offs worth more than £10,000 have to be approved by the cabinet member for resources.


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