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Covid-19 update 9. DWP payments

The Department of Workplace and Pensions (DWP) has stopped recovery action.

This means that your employer need not take “DEA payments” (Direct Earnings Arrestments) from your pay at the current time. DEA payments include

  • benefit overpayments
  • tax credit debts
  • social fund loans

You can hear a recorded message on its debt management hotline on 0800 916 0647. Use option 3. You can hear a recorded message that will say that they have “suspended debts in recovery”.

There is no news yet when DEA payments should recommence.