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Revenue and Customs: Debt Collection

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will discuss with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions the alignment of the (a) criteria and (b) guidance used to determine hardship when considering the recovery of monies owed. (323203)

Debt recovery decisions are made on the basis of the specific facts of each case and the statutory framework within which HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) respectively operates.

In my statement to the House on 14 September 2009, Official Report, column 141WS, I set out details of the collaboration between HMRC and DWP on debt recovery. This collaboration has not yet identified alignment on hardship as a priority area for supporting the Departments’ debt recovery objectives.