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Universal Credit

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 33038, tabled on 8 July 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish a breakdown of the reasons for Universal Credit deductions to awards for claimants.

Answered on

14 July 2022

Below are the liabilities or debts for which a Universal Credit deduction can be made:

Deduction Type

Benefit Transfer Advance

Budgeting Advance

Change of Circumstances Advance

New Claim Advance

DWP Benefit Fraud Overpayments

DWP Benefit Overpayments

DWP Recoverable Hardship Payments

Housing Benefit and DWP Administrative Penalties

Housing Benefit and DWP Civil Penalties

Housing Benefit Fraud Overpayment

Housing Benefit Overpayment

Social Fund Loans

Tax Credit Overpayments

Child Maintenance

Council Tax Arrears

Electricity Arrears

Electricity Ongoing Consumption

Eligible Loan Arrears


Gas Arrears

Gas Ongoing Consumption

Home Office Integration Loan Arrears

Rent or Service Charge Arrears

Water Arrears

Water Ongoing Consumption