Reply To: Overpayments – Write off V’s Choose not to recover


There are different types of write off
Write offs fall into three categories
• Non–recoverable write offs – these are overpayments that are legally non-recoverable i.e official error/clmt couldn’t have know/didn’t contribute.

• Discretionary write offs – these are when the LA uses its discretion and decides not to recover an overpayment (or any outstanding balance), eg financial hardship, terminal illness, severe medical conditions or it would be uneconomical to recover. Each case must be decided on its own merits

• Standard write offs – these are when the claimant cannot be traced or all methods of recoveryhave been tried and have been unsuccessful. However if the claimant is not notified of the writeoff it may be resurrected and recovered at a later date

So it depends ..