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How many INITIAL payments of a Debt Management plan have been suspended?

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

How many INITIAL payments of a Debt Management plan have been suspended?

There are contradictory reports about this from the DWP. Staff say it isn't possible in practice, and other supervisory and managerial staff say it does happen. If it does, how many are there, and in what circumstances? Are these particular Debt Management plans, paying back overpaid tax credits via universal credit deductions, or could it be in respect of overpayments, court fines, HMRC activity.

I'm trying to find concrete evidence that an INITIAL repayment of a debt management plan has ever happened. If the DWP through Will Quince the Under-Secretary of State for Welfare Delivery, where are the facts that prove that this has happened?

I look forward to your reply.

Yours faithfully,

Mark Abraham

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Dear Mark Abraham,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 24th
May.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Thanks for your letter - may I also request you take into account your departments response: Our Ref: FOI2020/58101. It might help to link up the two.

I'd suggest narrowing my need for information down to two parts:

1) one single person - myself, and for the period June 2018 to March 2019.

2) the number 160,000 or so that had DWP plans instituted - for whatever reason, and the number of those people, who had their payments suspended for the initial month, if any.

As my enquiry is based around whether it is actually possible to stop or suspend an initial debt management plan payment being taken from a claimant, for whatever reason (in my individual case, it would be for hardship), then I'd be grateful for your response on this basis.

Yours faithfully,

Mark Abraham

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