In brief: Law Soc says benefits pay back rule unfair

The system by which accident victims on social security benefits have to pay back their benefits when they win compensation is unfair, says the Law Society in evidence to the Social Security Select Committee last week. The society called for changes to allow victims to receive the damages for pain and suffering in full, which should be exempt from benefit recovery. The government expects to claw back u100,000 in benefits from victims this year.