Recovery of Overpayments

Circular 10 of 2017 – Recovery of Salary, Allowances, and Expenses Overpayments made to Staff/Former Staff Members/Pensioners came into effect on May 1st 2017 and replaced Circular 1/2015 Public Service Bodies (PSBs) Recovery of Overpayments from Staff.

The key principles of the Recovery of Overpayments Circular are that:

  • An overpayment of salary/allowances/expenses represents monies owed to the Exchequer and is recoverable in principle;
  • Departments and Offices have an obligation to seek to recover the amount of the overpayment and correct the mistake in the disbursement of public funds subject to relevant procedures and practices in Government accounting;
  • The civil servant/former civil servant/pensioner has a reciprocal obligation to repay the amount owed to the Exchequer.

The circular provides for a variety of ways in which an overpayment of salary, allowances, and expenses may be recovered, including repayment plans, delayed pay adjustments, etc.

The circular also provides for exceptional/hardship arrangements where appropriate for the particular circumstances of a staff member/former staff member/pensioner. The staff member/former staff member/pensioner will be asked to complete a form to support their application for exceptional and hardship arrangements which can be found here.