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Handouts scandal hits OAPs
The Sun, 10 March 2023
HARD-UP old people face having their weekly handouts slashed because of chaos in the pension credit system.
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Hundreds of thousands may have to hand back cash after being given too much.
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New figures reveal overpayments trebled in three years to a staggering 130million last year.
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The shambles has echoes of the tax credits fiasco which left families to survive on charity food parcels.
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Shadow welfare minister David Ruffley said: "Ministers are running the pension credit system incompetently.
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"Many pensioners have to survive on low incomes and even a small repayment can devastate their budgets.
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"Now they face the prospect of being rung up and asked for the money back.
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"The Government needs to reassure pensioners they will not be treated insensitively."
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Nearly 2.5million people pick up the means-tested credits which boose basic state pensions from about 80 to 109.45 a week, or 167.05 for couples.
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Campaigners fear some pensioners confused by the complicated 34-page claim forms will be penalised.
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Help the Aged's Mervyn Kohler said: "It is a bit rich for the Government to start demanding money back."
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