This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Universal Credit payment £ deductions are not reduced when a 100% sanction is applied?'.

 
 
 
 
DWP Policy Group Freedom of Information Team 
 
 
 
e-mail: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx.xxx.xx 
 
 
 
Our Ref: FOI2019/12445 
 
 
2 April 2019 
 
 
 
Dear Frank Zola, 
 
Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FoI) request received on 26 March. You asked:  
 
RE: Universal credit: More than half of claimants have money deducted from payments 
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/universal-credit-claimants-money-deducted-
department-for-work-and-pensions-over-half-a8832766.html 
 
It is being reported that 50% ("53 per cent ") of universal credit claimants have deductions from 
UC payments, ("between 31 and 40 per cent") if a UC claimant is getting such a deduction 
then gets a benefit sanctions will 100% of the sanction be applied or will the sanction be less 
as a direct result of the deductions or will deductions be lowered before sanctions get applied? 
 
Please disclose details of the legislation and your internal policies and guidance that covers 
the above topics and reductions in UC payments for individuals who have deductions and then 
get a sanction.
 
 
 
DWP Response: 
 
I can confirm that the Department holds the information requested. However, the information is 
exempt under Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act because the information is 
reasonably accessible to you, as it is already in the public domain. 
 
However, to be helpful, information about deductions and sanctions can be accessed through 
the links below:   
 
For deductions, ‘The Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment, Jobseeker's 
Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance (Claims and Payments) Regulations 2013 
(S.I. 2013/380)’, 
under regulation 60, Schedule 6 and Schedule 7: 
  
www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2013/380/contents/made  
 
For sanctions ‘The Universal Credit Regulations 2013 (S.I. 2013/376)’: 
  
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2013/376/contents/made 
 
In addition, Universal Credit guidance is published in the House of Commons library and can 
be accessed through the link below: Deposit ref. DEP2018-0759, in the Deposit ref. column 

click “Show all files”. For example, see: Deposit papers: ‘Deductions – V2.0, Deductions 
Priority – V1.0’ and ‘Sanctions V6.0’: 
 
 
https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/business-papers/commons/deposited-
papers/?search_term=Department+for+Work+and+Pensions&itemId=119004#toggle-759 
 
For information, Universal Credit guidance is periodically added to the House of Commons 
library. 
 
If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number 
above.   
 
Yours sincerely,  
 
DWP Policy Group FoI Team 
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