I’M SICK WITH STRESS AFTER DWP DEMANDED £5,200
SANDRA Tindle started claiming carer’s allowance in January 2016 while juggling a part-time job and looking after autistic son Tristan, five, and her two older children.
Being a book-keeper, Mrs Tindle, 39, of Wiltshire, was well aware of the rules on earnings. But despite informing the DWP of changes in circumstances, she received a demand for £5,200 in overpayments.
“They were absolutely wrong and later had to admit I had informed them of all my details,” said Mrs Tindle.
“I have lost 2.5 stone with the worry and stress this has caused me. I thought I was going to go to prison charged with fraud.
“I have been in hospital sick with stress, I am on medication. The impact on my family has been severe.
“I had the bailiffs on me and had to agree a £30 a month repayment – over 14 years – so they stop hassling me.”
Sandra with Tristan and daughter Isabella