Sunday, 28 April 2013

How do you give back benefit?

Interesting to hear Iain Duncan Smith's call for wealthy pensioners to give back benefits they don't need, such as Winter Fuel Payment and free TV licences.

I'd like to hear him explain how this is done!

In the case of the TV licence you have to apply for the free version, but universal benefits like Winter Fuel are paid automatically.

As far as I remember there isn't an easy mechanism for returning benefit to which you are entitled, although you can get them to bill you for overpaid benefit.

Has anyone managed to give the money back?

Of course, there are schemes for donating Winter Fuel Payment to charity, including the Surviving Winter campaign which runs every year.

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