The appellant had been in receipt of State Pension (Non-Contributory) with effect from a date in 2010. A review of his continued entitlement was carried out by the Department in 2013. The review was initiated when the appellant advised the Department that he was moving to Northern Ireland, and the Deciding Officer had indicated that the appellant would have had an entitlement to State Pension (Non-Contributory) for a period of five years. In the context of this review, it emerged that the appellant had been in receipt of an Attendance Allowance from the Department of Work and Pensions in the UK for specified dates between 2014 and 2016. A revised decision was made by the Department taking account of the UK allowance in the period at issue and an overpayment in excess of €9,000 was raised. Submissions were made by an advocate representing the appellant. The grounds of appeal were that the appellant has no education and couldn’t read or write; he relied on family, friends and services such as the Department, Citizens Information (ROI) and Citizens Advice (NI) when dealing with his affairs; he was in his 70s and in poor health; he understood that the Department were aware of the UK allowance and assumed his rate of pension was correct, and he was shocked to learn that this was not the case. The appellant’s advocate submitted that given his literacy issues, continued ill health and the distress and hardship which notice of this overpayment has caused him, the debt should be written off.