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Welfare Reform Act (Northern Ireland) 2007

Section 23: Recovery of sums in respect of maintenance

Section 23 provides the Department with powers to make regulations so that payments can be recovered from a person who should be paying maintenance to his spouse or civil partner but is not doing so when the spouse or civil partner is receiving income-related employment and support allowance. These payments may be made to the Department. Similar provisions relate to income support (section 101 of the Administration Act) and income-based jobseeker’s allowance (Article 25 of the Jobseekers Order).

Subsection (3) states that the regulations under subsection (1) may make provision about matters relevant to the determining of an application for such an order, the enforcement of such orders, and the rights of the Department in respect of such orders.

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