“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.”
Failure to pay back a benefits overpayment could result in a raft of potential consequences for the claimant.
Causing an overpayment could result in a civil penalty – a fine imposed by the Government for wrongdoing.
In the worst case, someone may receive prosecution for committing benefit fraud.
The Government classes benefit fraud as not reporting a change in circumstances, or deliberately providing false information.