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The Social Security (Overpayments and Recovery) Regulations 2013

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Persons from whom an overpayment may be recovered

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4.—(1) The following paragraphs apply for determining the person from whom an overpayment is recoverable in the circumstances specified in those paragraphs.

(2) Where the payee is a person appointed under regulation 57 of the UC etc. Claims and Payments Regulations or a person to whom the Secretary of State has directed that payment be made in accordance with regulation 58 of those Regulations, then the overpayment is recoverable from the claimant in addition to the payee.

(3) Where the payee is a person to whom universal credit, jobseeker’s allowance or employment and support allowance has been paid pursuant to Schedule 6 to the UC etc. Claims and Payments Regulations (payments to third parties), then, to the extent that the amount paid does not exceed the amount payable to the payee under that Schedule, the overpayment is recoverable from the claimant instead of the payee.

(4) Paragraphs (5) to (7) apply only in relation to overpayments of housing costs.

(5) Where the Secretary of State is satisfied that an overpayment occurred in consequence of any change of dwelling occupied by the claimant as their home, then if the claimant and the payee are not the same person, the overpayment is recoverable from the claimant in addition to the payee.

(6) Where the Secretary of State is satisfied that an overpayment occurred in consequence of a misrepresentation, or a failure to disclose a material fact (in either case, whether fraudulent or otherwise), by any person (“M”), then, if M and the payee are not the same person, the overpayment is recoverable from M instead of the payee.

(7) Where the Secretary of State is satisfied that an overpayment occurred for a reason other than that mentioned in paragraph (5) or (6), then, except where paragraph (2) or (8) applies in relation to the overpayment, if the claimant and the payee are not the same person, the overpayment is recoverable from the claimant instead of the payee.

(8) This paragraph applies where the overpayment occurred due to the amount of the payment exceeding the amount of housing costs for which the claimant is liable.

(9) In this regulation, “payee” means the person to whom the overpayment has been paid.

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