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Pensioners must repay excess benefits within a year, Fornero

Govt sets generous term for weak section of community, she says

Pensioners must repay excess benefits within a year, Fornero

(ANSA) - Rome, September 26 - Pensioners who received over-payments of their benefits will have one year to repay the government, Minister of Labour, Elsa Fornero said Wednesday. Up to 200,000 pensioners received benefits beyond what they were due, and must now return the excess, Fornero told parliament. She admitted that many of the pensioners are on "very low incomes" which is why they are being given up to a year to make their refunds. Fornero suggested the extra time shows government generosity, "given the fact that we live in difficult times and pensioners are the weaker party".

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