Guidance on Third Party Payments

Date published: 29 March 2019

Last updated: 06 July 2020

Benefit claimants should normally meet their household expenses from their income, like everyone else. In some cases, the Department can deduct money straight from a claimant’s benefit to clear debts. These are called 'third party deductions'.

The third party deduction scheme is available for a vulnerable minority of benefit claimants who have arrears of essential household costs and haven't budgeted for these debts.

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