Hello. Would really appreciate some advice on this. Have contacted union, but in the meantime thought I'd post here. During maternity leave LEA contacted me to tell me they'd overpaid me by £1000 approx. There have been many conversations and back and forth since as they have changed the amount/added more/said it's less etc, to the point where I am totally lacking in any faith they have the figures right. This week I received another email quoting a new figure owed (£900). The last conversation I had with HR manager at LEA (in November 2010) I asked her to assure me (which she did in writing) that no monies would be taken without my permission. I checked my pay slips to try and make sense of the latest figure they have sent me and noticed that in March 2010 (admittedly before I spoke to he re not taking money without my permission), they had taken £580 and cited 'recovery of overpayment' next to it on my payslip. What I'd like to know is: can they legally do this? due to their total ballsing up of this whole thing can I attempt to get them to write off any overpayment? is their a financial advice section of NUT who can look through payslips etc to see whether I do actually owe them any money and if so how much? It has been virtually impossible for me to work out if and how much I owe due to the complicated nature of maternity pay, plus the fact I went through threshold which they failed to pay me for initially, plus the fact it seems they have actually already taken some money. Many thanks in advance.