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Bingo Worker Required to Repay Council Error

Bingo Worker Required to Repay Council Error

Written by: Glo Wood on 02/05/2014 21:40

An administration error resulted in a £1,500 error which a bingo hall worker, Andy Elson, must repay after two years.

A tribunal hearing deemed the over payment an “official error” by an officer at Dover District Council.
But it also decided he should have been aware of the overpayment.

Elson said: “At the time we were getting money through child benefit, tax credits, income support, incapacity benefit for my wife… so I had no idea they were overpaying.

“The money went on utilities and food for my family – we didn’t even go out and stopped smoking and drinking.

“It was an error by them and now I have to pay for it – but we just don’t have that sort of money.

“I am furious. I am an honest person and it seemed to me like they were trying to make me out to be a fraud.

“I will keep complaining until it’s written off.”

MP Charlie Elphicke drafted a letter to DDC and told the Express this week: “In many cases people have complicated financial arrangements and I would hope the council and the tribunal took that into consideration.

“I have made my case for my constituent because I am concerned.”

A DDC spokesman said: “We are unable to comment on individual cases.

“In instances where an independent tribunal finds in favour of the council in respect of the repayment of benefits, we always seek to negotiate a suitable repayment scheme that is acceptable to both parties.”

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