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Recovery from Estates Debt Management Unit

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was recovered by his Department’s Recovery from Estates Debt Management Unit in each year since 1997 for which information is available; and what the cost of running the Unit was in each such year. (249375)

Recovery from Estates (RFE) is responsible for the recovery of overpaid benefit from the estates of deceased customers in England and Wales. This involves:

checking records of deceased customers against probate records and taking action to recover money incorrectly paid; and

recovering any overpayments that were outstanding on the death of a customer.

RFE do not recover:

Overpayments made after death;

Official error overpayments

RFE recovery data is only available from 2003, costing data from 2005.

Recovery

RFE (£)

2003-04

20,832,955

2004-05

20,846,483

2005-06

18,267,983

2006-07

13,698,328

2007-08

23,283,557

Costs

RFE (£ million)

2005-06

1.4

2006-07

1.3

2007-08

1.4