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DWP Madness: 98-Year-Old Woman With Dementia Ordered To Pay Back Pension Overpayment Until She Is 120

June 3, 2013

This is absolute madness. IDS should definitely look into this personally. I would go as far as to say David Cameron should, too.

AN elderly dementia sufferer has been ordered to pay back benefits to the Government – until she is 120.

The Department for Work and Pensions are to deduct £10 a week from Peggy McGinlay’s pension for the next 22 years after insisting that she has been paid £12,000 too much.

Peggy, 98, lives in a care home in Rutherglen, near Glasgow, and suffers from severe dementia.

According to the DWP, she was overpaid £12,000 in pension credit between 2007 and last year.

Her son George said: “It’s not the money that annoys me. It is the demanding letter that my mother should pay it back until she is 120. It is ludicrous.

“How much do they expect to claim back from a woman who is 98 and in a care home? Frankly, it is insulting.

“It is hard enough seeing my mum suffer from dementia without this nonsense.”

Peggy, from Bridgeton, Glasgow, was born in 1915 and never met her war hero father who died in the Battle of the Somme in 1918.

She married her husband Thomas in 1931 and they had six children.

During World War II, Thomas served in the Highland Light Infantry while Peggy was a lamplighter, switching on
lights in tenement closes in the evening and putting them out in the morning.

Thomas passed away in 1970 at the age of 56 and Peggy continued working until she was 72. 

George, 63, said: “I have been unable to get a straight answer from the DWP about how my mum owes £12,000.

“I can’t believe they are taking £10 a week off a woman who is nearly 100.

“If I had worked for the DWP and this case had landed on my desk, I would have chucked it in the bin.

“My mum contributed to society all her working life. She never claimed a penny in benefits and never had any debts. She would be horrified if she knew someone was demanding £12,000 from her.”

Rutherglen and Hamilton West Labour MP Tom Greatrex has urged Work and Pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith to “apply common sense” over Peggy’s case.

He said: “To hound a 98-year-old lady living in a care home is just plain wrong.

“The fact the DWP have set out a repayment plan lasting till 2035 – when Mrs McGinlay would be 120 – just adds insult to injury.

“The welfare state was designed to help those in need, particularly older people. The approach of the Government here is far removed from those founding principles.

“I have asked Tory welfare minister Iain Duncan Smith to personally look into this case, which wasn’t Mrs McGinlay’s fault, and apply some common sense.”

The DWP said: “When an appointee has been nominated for an elderly person, they are legally responsible for providing us with correct information about the individual’s circumstances.

“If this does not happen, then any over-payments of benefit can be recovered, which will be done at a gradual and manageable rate.”

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Mr.Angry permalink
    June 3, 2013 9:07 am

    Wors fail me, what levels will they stoop to, appalling !!!!!!!!!! The DWP are in absolute dissaray and absolute shambles. Bring on the revolution

  2. Nick permalink
    June 3, 2013 9:58 am

    I would think the last people to be involved should be the prime minister or IDS
    All they will do is put a spin on it and quite something from the DWP handbook

  3. Nick permalink
    June 3, 2013 10:00 am

    I would think the last people to be involved should be the prime minister or IDS
    All they will do is put a spin on it and quote something from the DWP handbook
    as they the reason for all of the deaths and chaos at this time in the uk

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