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The Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance (Claims and Payments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016

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3.—(1) The Department may not deduct an amount from a claimant’s award of universal credit under this Schedule and pay that amount to a third party if, in relation to any assessment period, that would—

(a)reduce the amount payable to the claimant to less than one penny; or

(b)result in more than three deductions being made, in relation to that assessment period, under one or more of the provisions mentioned in sub-paragraph (2).

(2) The provisions are—

(a)paragraph 6 (housing costs);

(b)paragraph 7 (rent and service charges included in rent);

(c)paragraph 8 (fuel costs);

(d)paragraph 9 (rates);

(e)paragraph 10 (water charges);

(f)paragraph 11 (payments in place of payments of child support maintenance);

(g)paragraph 12 (integration loans).

(3) The aggregate amount deducted from a claimant’s award of universal credit in relation to any assessment period and paid to a third party under paragraphs 8 and 10 must not, without the claimant’s consent, exceed the sum equal to 25 per cent. of the aggregate of the standard allowance and any child element.

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