MOD overpayment will have to be paid back by Royal Navy personnel

Posted on: September 4th, 2012

According to a report on the BBC website on 4 September more than 400 current and former Royal Navy personnel have been overpaid after a mistake by the Ministry of Defence to the tune of £1.2m.

The real issue would appear that whilst it is no fault of the recipients, any overpayment will have to be repaid. It is reported that in many cases servicemen and women will be docked up to four days’ pay a month until the £1.2m is paid back.

The Daily Mirror has further reported that one sailor has been told he must repay £17,000, and another just £9.

The defence ministry confirmed 423 members and former members of the Navy had been affected over several years.

In a statement, the MoD said: “We can confirm that an overpayment of salary has been made to a number of Navy personnel.

“We have apologised to all of those affected and in accordance with standard government practice, arrangements are in place for repayment of monies wrongly received.

“Where repayment of monies is appropriate, procedures are in place to prevent any hardship to individuals.”

If you have been affected by this issue, servicemen and women are able to appeal against the decision through the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency. For first hand advice you can contact the Coffin Mew Solicitors Armed Forces team who will be happy to give you the help you need to challenge this decision.