I'm assuming you were paid over the minimum (£120 a week) and had to go back in order to keep the money?
This might sound unsympathetic but I am curious as to why you accepted the money in the first place? Did you plan to return? Can you return now, perhaps on reduced hours? How long do you have to go back for?
(not really an answer as such) but didn't they give you an option for them to withhold that money just in case you don't go back? I work for local government and they don't pay me a certain amount just in case.
It's local government though, I bet you could get out of paying. Its probably not in their interest to hassle you for it.
Same thing happended to me, but I knew it was going to happen (surely you did too?) and even though I'd kept the money aside to pay them back I never told them that and still negoitated a payment plan with them. Can't remember the details but it wasn't hard to do (also worked for a council).
No - when fuel prices went up I would have actually lost money by going back (huuuuuge commute on top of childcare), so looked for a new job. Unfortunately jobs in my field rarely come up so I had to apply for the one I have now and wasn't able to go back for the required three months.
I got 90% of my pay for six weeks, 50% for six weeks and then SMP for six months.
Don't quite understand your reasoning there but I'm assuming you knew you would have to pay it back, so this can't have come as a surprise? I don't think there is a lot you can do. Agree that you need to arrange a payment plan.
If you've not gone back because you took a different job, then you must pay it back - its not like your circumstances changed and there was a reason why you couldn't go back to any work. It will all have been clearly stated in your contract. If you knew you had to go back for 3 months, and didn't, did you really think they'd just forget about it? Its public money.
Surely you don't have to repay the SMP as well? You are entitled to that regardless of whether you go back or not. It should only be the additional sums over SMP that you repay.
Also, you will have accrued holiday entitlement during your maternity leave and they have to pay you for it, so that should be knocked off anything you "owe". I only got SMP so when I didn't go back to work I didn't owe anything, but they owed me nearly a month's salary in holiday pay (had been off for a year, and you accrue holiday entitlement in AML as well as OML).
agree tracey, was just re-reading umbrella's calculations and they only thing she has received over SMP is the 6 weeks at 50%. Taking into account accrued holiday pay she probably breaks about even I would think. I think they have worked it out wrong.