£1.2m Navy wages blunder to be repaid
Tuesday 04 September 2012
Hundreds of serving and former members of the Royal Navy face having to make repayments after a £1.2 million wages blunder.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said 423 people were affected by the mistake, which could see many having to pay monthly deductions from their wage packets until the money they have been overpaid is recovered.
The Daily Mirror said one of those affected learned yesterday that he must give back as much as £17,000 while another was told he had been overpaid by £9.
The newspaper said the news of the overpayment - understood to date back over many years - was broken to sailors in a letter from the MoD yesterday after a lengthy investigation into ratings on the wrong pay grade.
The letter said a write-off had been considered but this had been deemed "inappropriate" and all the money owed would be recovered.
In most cases, repayments will be by instalments through deductions from pay. Under MoD rules, those affected will not lose more than four days' pay a month.
A sailor told the Daily Mirror: "There is a lot of confusion and worry that at a time of recession we will have less in our pay packet through no fault of our own.
"Many did not notice the over-pay because they were busy and now they are being faced with more debt, which is especially bad if they are being made redundant."
An MoD spokesman: 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."
- 3 Oil tanker with $100 million cargo goes missing off Texas coast
- 4 George Galloway attacked on Notting Hill street by man 'shouting about the holocaust'
Keira Knightley topless: Usually conservative actress does own take on #Freethenipple campaign for Interview Magazine
YouTube video posted by Isis militants shows 'execution of 250 Syrian soldiers'
Oil tanker with $100 million cargo goes missing off Texas coast
George Galloway attacked on Notting Hill street by man 'shouting about the holocaust'
Brother and sister, Christopher Buckner and Timothy Savoy, arrested for 'committing incest after watching 'The Notebook''
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
Ukip Douglas Carswell defection: Tory MP jumps ship to join Nigel Farage
When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
- < Previous
- Next >
£45000 - £69999 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Algo-Develo...
£60000 - £70000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: Senior Data Sc...
£50000 - £80000 per annum + benefits+bonus+package: Harrington Starr: Data Sci...
£350 - £400 Per Day: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client based in Cent...