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Regulation 60

SCHEDULE 6E+W+SDEDUCTIONS FROM BENEFIT AND DIRECT PAYMENT TO THIRD PARTIES

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InterpretationE+W+S

1.[F1(1)] In this Schedule—

assessment period” has the meaning given by regulation 21 (assessment periods) of the Universal Credit Regulations F2;

the work allowance” means, in relation to any claimant, the amount applicable to that claimant under regulation 22(2) (deduction of income and work allowance) of the Universal Credit Regulations;

child element” means, in relation to any claimant, any amount included in the claimant's award of universal credit under regulation 24 (the child element) of the Universal Credit Regulations;

the Community Charges Regulations” means the Community Charges (Deductions from Income Support) (No. 2) Regulations 1990 F3;

the Community Charges (Scotland) Regulations” means the Community Charges (Deductions from Income Support) (Scotland) Regulations 1989 F4;

the Council Tax Regulations” means the Council Tax (Deductions from Income Support) Regulations 1993 F5;

the Fines Regulations” means the Fines (Deductions from Income Support) Regulations 1992 F6;

standard allowance” means, in relation to any claimant, any amount included in the claimant's award of universal credit under section 9(1) of the 2012 Act F7;

water charges” means—

(a)

as respects England and Wales, any water and sewerage charges under Chapter 1 of Part 5 of the Water Industry Act 1991 F8;

(b)

as respects Scotland, any such charges established by Scottish Water under a charges scheme made under section 29A of the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002 F9;

F10...

[F11(2) For the purposes of this Schedule, where the relevant percentage of the standard allowance results in a fraction of a penny, that fraction is to be disregarded if it is less than half a penny and otherwise it is to be treated as a penny.]

GeneralE+W+S

2.—(1) The Secretary of State may deduct an amount from a claimant's award of universal credit and pay that amount to a third party in accordance with the following provisions of this Schedule to discharge (in whole or part) a liability of the claimant to that third party.

(2) A payment made to a third party in accordance with this Schedule may be made at such intervals as the Secretary of State may direct.

Limitations applicable to deductions made under this ScheduleE+W+S

3.—(1) The Secretary of State 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) of this Schedule;

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

(c)paragraph 8 (fuel costs) of this Schedule;

(d)paragraph 9 (water charges) of this Schedule;

(e)paragraph 10 (payments in place of payments of child support maintenance) of this Schedule;

(f)paragraph 11 (eligible loans) of this Schedule;

(g)paragraph 12 (integration loans) of this Schedule;

(h)regulation 3 (deductions from income support etc.) of the Community Charges Regulations;

(i)regulation 3 (deductions from income support etc.) of the Community Charges (Scotland) Regulations;

(j)regulation 5 (deduction from debtor's income support etc.) of the Council Tax Regulations F12; and

(k)regulation 4 (deductions from offender's income support etc.) of the Fines Regulations F13.

(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 (fuel costs) and 9 (water charges) of this Schedule must not, without the claimant's consent, exceed a sum equal to [F1425%] of the aggregate of the standard allowance and any child element.

F12Relevant amending instruments are S.I. 1999/3178, 2002/3019 and 2008/1554.

F13Relevant amending instruments are S.I. 1999/3178, 2002/3019, 2004/2889 and 2008/1554.

Maximum amountE+W+S

4.—(1) Except as provided for in sub-paragraph (4), the Secretary of State may not deduct an amount from a claimant's award of universal credit under a provision mentioned in paragraph 5(2) of this Schedule if, in relation to any assessment period, that would result in the Secretary of State deducting an amount in excess of [F1540%] of the standard allowance (“the maximum amount”) from the claimant's award under one or more relevant provisions.

(2) The relevant provisions are—

(a)those mentioned in paragraph 5(2) of this Schedule;

(b)section 26 (higher-level sanctions) of the 2012 Act;

(c)section 27 (other sanctions) of the 2012 Act;

(d)section 71ZG (recovery of payments on account) of the Administration Act F16;

(e)section 6B of the Social Security Fraud Act 2001 (“the 2001 Act”) F17;

(f)section 7 of the 2001 Act F18; and

(g)section 9 of the 2001 Act F19.

(3) For the purposes of determining whether the maximum amount would be exceeded, no account is to be taken of any liability for continuing need mentioned in—

(a)paragraph 8(4)(b) (fuel costs) of this Schedule; or

(b)paragraph 9(6)(b) or (7)(b)(water charges) of this Schedule.

(4) Subject to paragraph 3 of this Schedule, the Secretary of State may deduct an amount from the claimant's award under paragraph 6 (housing costs), F20... paragraph 8 (fuel costs)[F21, or the minimum amount which may be deducted under paragraph 7 (rent and service charges included in rent)] of this Schedule and pay that amount to a third party where the deduction appears to the Secretary of State to be in the claimant's best interests, even though the deduction would result in the maximum amount being exceeded.

F16Section 71ZG was inserted by section 105(1) of the 2012 Act.

F17Section 6B was inserted by section 24(1) of the Welfare Reform Act 2009 (c.24) and was amended by section 113(8)(a), section 118(1) to (6) and section 119(1) and (2) of, and paragraphs 56 and 58(1) to (4) of Schedule 2, paragraphs 15 and 16 of Schedule 3 and Part 1 of Schedule 14 to the 2012 Act.

F18Section 7 was amended by paragraphs 44 and 45(1) and (2) of Schedule 2 to the State Pension Credit Act 2002 (c.16), section 49(1) of, and paragraph 23(1) and (2) of Schedule 3 to, the Welfare Reform Act 2007 (c.5) and paragraphs 1 and 2(1), (2)(a), (3)(a) and (b) of Schedule 4 to the Welfare Reform Act 2009. It was also amended by section 118(1) and (7), section 119(1) and (3) to (11) of, and paragraphs 56 and 59(1) to (4) of Schedule 2, paragraphs 15 and 17 of Schedule 3 and Part 1 of Schedule 14 to the 2012 Act.

F19Section 9 was amended by paragraphs 44 and 46(1) to (3) of Schedule 2 to the State Pension Credit Act 2002, paragraph 23(1), (4) and (5) of Schedule 3 to the Welfare Reform Act 2007 and paragraphs 1 and 4(1) to (3) of Schedule 4 to the Welfare Reform Act 2009. It was also amended by section 113(8)(b), paragraphs 56 and 61(1) to (5) of Schedule 2 and Parts 1 and 12 of Schedule 14 to the 2012 Act.

F20Words in Sch. 6 para. 4(4) omitted (with effect in accordance with reg. 1(2) of the commencing S.I.) by virtue of The Universal Credit and Miscellaneous Amendments (No.2) Regulations 2014 (S.I. 2014/2888), regs. 1(1), 6(2)(a)(i)

F21Words in Sch. 6 para. 4(4) inserted (with effect in accordance with reg. 1(2) of the commencing S.I.) by The Universal Credit and Miscellaneous Amendments (No.2) Regulations 2014 (S.I. 2014/2888), regs. 1(1), 6(2)(a)(ii)

Priority as between certain debtsE+W+S

5.—(1) This paragraph applies to a claimant (“C”) where, in relation to any assessment period—

(a)a deduction could otherwise be made from C's award under more than one of the provisions mentioned in sub-paragraph (2); and

(b)the amount of universal credit payable to C in relation to that assessment period is insufficient to enable the Secretary of State to meet all of the liabilities for which in C's case deductions may be made under those provisions or the deduction, were it to be made, would mean that the maximum amount referred to in paragraph 4(1) would be exceeded.

(2) The provisions are—

(a)paragraph 6 (housing costs) of this Schedule;

(b)paragraph 7 (rent and service charges included in rent) of this Schedule [F22where the amount of the deduction equals 10% of the standard allowance];

(c)paragraph 8 (fuel costs) of this Schedule;

(d)regulation 3 (deductions from income support etc.) of the Community Charges Regulations, regulation 3 (deductions from income support etc.) of the Community Charges (Scotland) Regulations or (because no such payments are being made in C's case) regulation 5 (deduction from debtor's income support etc.) of the Council Tax Regulations;

(e)regulation 4 (deductions from offender's income support etc.) of the Fines Regulations where the amount of the deduction equals 5% of the standard allowance;

(f)paragraph 9 (water charges) of this Schedule;

(g)paragraph 10 (payments in place of child support maintenance) of this Schedule;

(h)Schedule 7 (deductions from benefit in respect of child support maintenance and payment to persons with care) to these Regulations;

(i)section 78(2) (recovery of social fund awards) of the Administration Act;

(j)section 71ZH(1)(a) or (b) (recovery of hardship payments etc.) of the [F23Administration Act]F24;

(k)section 115A (penalty as alternative to prosecution) of the Administration Act F25 where an overpayment is recoverable from a person by, or due from a person to, the Secretary of State or an authority under or by virtue of section 71 (overpayments – general)F26, section 75 (overpayments of housing benefit) F27 or section 71ZB (recovery of overpayments of certain benefits) of that Act F28;

(l)section 71 (overpayments – general), section 71ZC (deduction from benefit) F29 or section 75(4) (overpayments of housing benefit) of the Administration Act or an overpayment of working tax credit or child tax credit, where in each case, the overpayment (or part of it) is the result of fraud;

(m)section 115C(4) (incorrect statements etc.) F30 and section 115D(4) (failure to disclose information) F31 of the Administration Act;

(n)section 71 (overpayments – general), section 71ZC (deduction from benefit) or section 75(4) (overpayments of housing benefit) of the Administration Act or an overpayment of working tax credit or child tax credit, where in each case, the overpayment (or part of it) is not the result of fraud;

(o)paragraph 12 (integration loans) of this Schedule;

(p)paragraph 11 (eligible loans) of this Schedule;

[F32(pa)paragraph 7 (rent and service charges included in rent) where the amount of deduction exceeds the minimum amount that may be deducted under that paragraph;]

(q)regulation 4 (deductions from offender's income support etc.) of the Fines Regulations where the amount of the deduction exceeds the minimum amount that may be deducted in accordance with those Regulations.

(3) Where this paragraph applies to a claimant, the Secretary of State must make a deduction under any of the provisions mentioned sub-paragraph (2) in accordance with sub-paragraphs (4) and (5).

(4) The Secretary of State must give priority to any such deductions in the order in which they are listed in sub-paragraph (2), with housing costs having the priority.

(5) Where two or more provisions mentioned in any single paragraph of sub-paragraph (2) apply to the claimant, unless the Secretary of State directs otherwise, those deductions have equal priority with each other and the amount of such deductions are to be apportioned accordingly.

(6) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (2)(l) and (n), an overpayment is the result of fraud if, in relation to that overpayment or that part of it, the claimant—

(a)has been found guilty of an offence whether under statute or otherwise;

(b)made an admission after caution of deception or fraud for the purpose of obtaining benefit under the Administration Act, or in the case of a tax credit, under the Tax Credits Act 2002F33; or

(c)agreed to pay a penalty under section 115A of the Administration Act (penalty as an alternative to prosecution) and the agreement has not been withdrawn.

F22Words in Sch. 6 para. 5(2)(b) inserted (with effect in accordance with reg. 1(2) of the commencing S.I.) by The Universal Credit and Miscellaneous Amendments (No.2) Regulations 2014 (S.I. 2014/2888), regs. 1(1), 6(2)(b)(i)

F23Words in Sch. 6 para. 5(2)(j) substituted (with effect in accordance with reg. 1(3) of the amending S.I.) by The Universal Credit and Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 2015 (S.I. 2015/1754), regs. 1(1), 9

F24Section 71ZH was inserted by section 105(1) of the 2012 Act.

F25Section 115A was inserted by section 15 of the Social Security Fraud Act 1997 (c.47) and amended by sections 1(1) and 14 of the Social Security Fraud Act 2001 (c.11) and section 105(3), section 113(1) to (7), section 114(1), section 115(1) and (2) of, and Part 1 of Schedule 14 to, the 2012 Act.

F26Section 71 was amended by section 32(1) of, and paragraph 48 of Schedule 2 to, the Jobseekers Act 1995 (c.18), section 1(2) and (4) of the Social Security (Overpayments) Act 1996 (c.51), paragraph 81(1) and (3) of Schedule 7 to the Social Security Act 1998 (c.14) and paragraphs 8 and 10 of Schedule 2 to the State Pension Credit Act 2002 (c.16). It was also amended by paragraph 58(1) to (3) of Schedule 24 to the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (c.33), section 44(1) and (3) of, and paragraph 10(1) and (6) of Schedule 3, to, the Welfare Reform Act 2007 (c.5), section 132(4) of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (c.14), sections 105(2) and 106(1) of, and paragraphs 7 and 10 of Schedule 9 to, the 2012 Act. A relevant amending instrument is S.I. 2008/2833.

F27Section 75 was amended by section 16 of, and Schedule 1 to, the Social Security Administration (Fraud) Act 1997 (c.47), section 71 of the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act 2000 (c.19) and section 106(3) of the 2012 Act.

F28Section 71ZB was inserted by section 105(1) of the 2012 Act.

F29Section 71ZC was inserted by section 105(1) of the 2012 Act.

F30Section 115C was inserted by section 116(1) of the 2012 Act.

F31Section 115D was inserted by section 116(1) of the 2012 Act.

F32Sch. 6 para. 5(2)(pa) inserted (with effect in accordance with reg. 1(2) of the commencing S.I.) by The Universal Credit and Miscellaneous Amendments (No.2) Regulations 2014 (S.I. 2014/2888), regs. 1(1), 6(2)(b)(ii)

Housing costsE+W+S

6.—(1) This paragraph applies where the following condition is met.

(2) The condition is that in any assessment period the claimant is in debt for any item of housing costs which is included in the claimant's award of universal credit under Schedule 5 (housing costs element for owner-occupiers) to the Universal Credit Regulations.

(3) Where this paragraph applies, but subject to sub-paragraph (4), the Secretary of State may, in such cases and circumstances as the Secretary of State may determine, in relation to that assessment period deduct an amount from the claimant's award equal to 5% of the standard allowance in respect of any debt mentioned in sub-paragraph (2) and pay that amount or those amounts to the person to whom any such debt is owed.

(4) Before the Secretary of State may commence (or re-commence) making deductions in respect of any such debt, the claimant's earned income (or in the case of joint claimants their combined earned income) in relation to the previous assessment period must not exceed the work allowance.

F34(5) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F34(6) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Rent and service charges included in rentE+W+S

7.—(1) This paragraph applies where all of the following conditions are met.

(2) The first condition is that in any assessment period the claimant—

(a)has an award of universal credit which includes an amount under Schedule 4 (housing costs element for renters) to the Universal Credit Regulations; or

(b)occupies exempt accommodation and has an award of housing benefit under section 130 (housing benefit) of the Contributions and Benefits Act F35.

(3) The second condition is that the claimant is in debt for any—

(a)rent payments;

(b)service charges which are paid with or as part of the claimant's rent.

(4) The third condition is that the claimant occupies the accommodation to which the debt relates.

(5) Where this paragraph applies, but subject to sub-paragraphs (6) and (7), the Secretary of State may, in such cases and circumstances as the Secretary of State may determine, deduct in relation to that assessment period an amount from the claimant's award [F36which is no less than 10% and no more than 20%] of the standard allowance and pay that amount to the person to whom the debt is owed.

(6) Before the Secretary of State may commence (or re-commence) making deductions in respect of such a debt, the claimant's earned income (or in the case of joint claimants their combined earned income) in relation to the previous assessment period must not exceed the work allowance.

(7) The Secretary of State must stop making such deductions if, in relation to the three assessment periods immediately preceding the date on which the next deduction could otherwise be made, the claimant's earned income (or in the case of joint claimants their combined earned income) equals or exceeds the work allowance.

(8) In this paragraph—

exempt accommodation” has the meaning given by paragraph 1 of Schedule 1 (interpretation) to the Universal Credit Regulations;

rent payments” includes any elements included in the claimant's rent which would not fall to be treated as rent under the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006 F37 or as rent payments under the Universal Credit Regulations;

service charges” includes any items in a charge for services in respect of the accommodation occupied by the claimant which would not fall to be treated as service charges under the Universal Credit Regulations.

F351992 c.4. Section 130 was amended by paragraph 3 of Schedule 9 to the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (c.14) and paragraph 1(1) and (3) of Schedule 5 to the Welfare Reform Act 2007 (c.5).

F36Words in Sch. 6 para. 7(5) substituted (with effect in accordance with reg. 1(2) of the commencing S.I.) by The Universal Credit and Miscellaneous Amendments (No.2) Regulations 2014 (S.I. 2014/2888), regs. 1(1), 6(2)(c)

Fuel costsE+W+S

8.—(1) This paragraph applies where the following condition is met.

(2) The condition is that in any assessment period the claimant is in debt for any [F38fuel item].

(3) Where this paragraph applies, but subject to sub-paragraphs (5) and (6), the Secretary of State may, in such cases and circumstances as the Secretary of State may determine, deduct in relation to that assessment period the following amounts from the claimant's award and pay them to the person to whom the payment is due.

(4) The amount which may be deducted in respect of any fuel item is—

(a)an amount equal to 5% of the standard allowance; and

(b)an additional amount which the Secretary of State estimates is equal to the average monthly cost necessary to meet the claimant's continuing need for [F39the fuel in respect of which the debt arose, plus such monthly amount as is required to meet any payments required to be made under a green deal plan within the meaning of section 1 of the Energy Act 2011 (“the 2011 Act”)], except where current consumption is paid for by other means such as a pre-payment meter.

(5) Before the Secretary of State may commence (or re-commence) making deductions in respect of such a debt, the claimant's earned income (or in the case of joint claimants their combined earned income) in relation to the previous assessment period must not exceed the work allowance.

(6) The Secretary of State must stop making such deductions if, in relation to the three assessment periods immediately preceding the date on which the next deduction could otherwise be made, the claimant's earned income (or in the case of joint claimants their combined earned income) equals or exceeds the work allowance.

(7) As between liabilities for items of gas or electricity, the Secretary of State must give priority to whichever liability the Secretary of State considers it would, having regard to the circumstances and to any requests of the claimant, be appropriate to discharge.

[F40(8) In this paragraph, “fuel item” means—

(a)any charge for mains gas, including for the reconnection of mains gas;

(b)any charge for mains electricity and including any charge for the disconnection and reconnection of mains electricity and including any payments required to be made under a green deal plan within the meaning of section 1 of the 2011 Act.]

F38Words in Sch. 6 para. 8(2) substituted (29.4.2013 with effect in accordance with reg. 1(3)) by The Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2013 (S.I. 2013/443), regs. 1, 10(a)

F39Words in Sch. 6 para. 8(4)(b) substituted (29.4.2013 with effect in accordance with reg. 1(3)) by The Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2013 (S.I. 2013/443), regs. 1, 10(b)

F40Sch. 6 para. 8(8) added (29.4.2013 with effect in accordance with reg. 1(3)) by The Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2013 (S.I. 2013/443), regs. 1, 10(c)

Water chargesE+W+S

9.—(1) This paragraph applies where the following condition is met.

(2) The condition is that in any assessment period the claimant is in debt for water charges, including any charges for reconnection (“the original debt”).

(3) Where this paragraph applies, but subject to sub-paragraphs (4) and (5), the Secretary of State may, in such cases and circumstances as the Secretary of State may determine, deduct an amount from the claimant's award in accordance with sub-paragraphs (6) to (8) and pay it to a water undertaker to whom the payment is due or to the person or body authorised to collect water charges for that undertaker.

(4) Before the Secretary of State may commence (or re-commence) making deductions in respect of such a debt, the claimant's earned income (or in the case of joint claimants their combined earned income) in relation to the previous assessment period must not exceed the work allowance.

(5) The Secretary of State must stop making such deductions if, in relation to the three assessment periods immediately preceding the date on which the next deduction could otherwise be made, the claimant's earned income (or in the case of joint claimants their combined earned income) equals or exceeds the work allowance.

(6) Where water charges are determined by means of a water meter, the amount to be deducted under this paragraph in relation to any assessment period is to be—

(a)an amount equal to 5% of the standard allowance towards discharging the original debt; and

(b)an additional amount which the Secretary of State estimates to be the average monthly cost necessary to meet the claimant's continuing need for water consumption.

(7) Where water charges are determined otherwise than by means of a water meter, the amount to be deducted in relation to any assessment period under this paragraph is to be—

(a)the amount referred to in sub-paragraph (6)(a); and

(b)an additional amount equal to the cost necessary to meet the continuing need for water consumption in that assessment period.

(8) Where the claimant is in debt to two water undertakers—

(a)only one amount under sub-paragraph (6)(a) or (7)(a) may be deducted;

(b)a deduction in respect of an original debt for sewerage may only be made after the whole debt in respect of an original debt for water has been paid; and

(c)deductions in respect of continuing charges for both water and for sewerage may be made at the same time.

(9) In this paragraph “water undertaker” means—

(a)in relation to any area in England and Wales, a company holding an appointment as a water undertaker or a sewerage undertaker under the Water Industry Act 1991 F41; or

(b)in relation to any area in Scotland, Scottish Water.

Payments in place of payments of child support maintenanceE+W+S

F4210.  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Eligible loansE+W+S

F4311.—(1) This paragraph applies where [F44in any assessment period the claimant is in arrears in respect of a loan entered into (whether solely or jointly) with an eligible lender in respect of an eligible loan].

F45(2) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F45(3) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(4) Where the claimant has an award of universal credit, the Secretary of State may, in such cases and circumstances as the Secretary of State may determine, deduct in relation to the assessment period referred to in sub-paragraph (2) an amount from the claimant's award equal to 5% of the standard allowance and pay that amount to the eligible lender towards discharging the amount owing under the loan agreement.

(5) In a case where the claimant has an award of universal credit but the amount payable to the claimant in relation to that assessment period is insufficient to enable such a deduction to be made, the Secretary of State may instead deduct a weekly amount equal to 5% of the personal allowance for a single claimant aged not less than 25 from any employment and support allowance or jobseeker's allowance awarded to the claimant and pay that amount to the eligible lender.

(6) In a case where the claimant does not have an award of universal credit, but has an award of an employment and support allowance or a jobseeker's allowance, the Secretary of State may deduct a weekly amount equal to 5% of the personal allowance for a single claimant aged not less than 25 from any such award and pay that amount to the eligible lender.

(7) The Secretary of State must not make deductions from a claimant's employment and support allowance or a jobseeker's allowance under this paragraph if that would reduce the amount payable to the claimant to less than 10 pence.

F46(8) In this paragraph—

eligible benefit” means—

(a)

an employment and support allowance;

(b)

a jobseeker's allowance;

(c)

universal credit;

eligible lender” means—

(a)

a body registered under section 1 (societies which may be registered) of the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965 F47;

(b)

a credit union within the meaning of section 1 (registration under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965) of the Credit Unions Act 1979 F48;

(c)

a charitable institution within the meaning of section 58(1) (interpretation of Part 2) of the Charities Act 1992 F49;

(d)

a body entered on the Scottish Charity Register under section 3 (Scottish Charities Register) of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 F50;

(e)

a community interest company within the meaning of Part 2 of the Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Act 2004 F51,

which, except for a credit union, [F46has permission under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 to enter into a contract of the kind mentioned in paragraph 23 or paragraph 23B of Schedule 2 to that Act (credit agreements and contracts for hire of goods);] F52 and which the Secretary of State considers is an appropriate body to which payments on behalf of the claimant may be made in respect of loans made by that body;

eligible loan” means a loan made by a lender who is, at the time the loan agreement is made, an eligible lender, to a claimant except a loan which—

(a)

is secured by a charge or pledge;

(b)

is for the purpose of business or self-employment; or

(c)

was made by means of a credit card;

loan agreement” means an agreement between the eligible lender and the claimant in respect of an eligible loan;

5% of the personal allowance” means 5% of the personal allowance applicable in the claimant's case, rounded up (in any case where that calculation produces a result which is not a multiple of five pence) to the next higher multiple of five pence.

[F43(9) The definition of “eligible lender” must be read with—

(a)section 22 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000,

(b)any relevant order under that section, and

(c)Schedule 2 to that Act.]

F471965 c.12. Relevant amending instruments are S.I. 2001/2617 and 2009/1941.

F481979 c.34. Relevant amending instruments are S.I. 2001/2617, 2002/1501, 2003/256 and 2011/2687.

F491992 c.41. Section 58(1) was amended by section 25 of the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994 (c.40), paragraphs 89 and 90(1) and (2) of Schedule 8 to the Charities Act 2006 (c.50) and paragraph 65(1) of Schedule 7 to the Charities Act 2011 (c.25).

Integration loansE+W+S

12.—(1) This paragraph applies where [F53the claimant has an integration loan which is recoverable by deductions].

F54(2) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F54(3) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(4) Where this paragraph applies, the amount payable by deductions in any assessment period is to be equal to 5% of the standard allowance.

(5) In this paragraph, “integration loan which is recoverable by deductions” means an integration loan which is made under the Integration Loans for Refugees and Others Regulations 2007 F55 and which is recoverable from the claimant by deductions from the claimant's award of universal credit under regulation 9 of those Regulations.

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