Universal Credit deduction rates

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

1. Please could you direct me to any DWP guidance which explains which - if any - third party deductions from Universal Credit are able to be taken at a reduced rate, on request from the claimant?

2. Please could you also provide any documentation which states whether or not the 40% maximum (applied to certain third party deductions) can be exceeded and under which circumstances?
Please note: I am NOT referring to the situation whereby deductions for the on-going costs for fuel and or water consumption can exceed the 40% limit, nor to the situation whereby third party deductions for housing costs, rent and /or fuel can be taken even when the 40% deduction is already in place, where the DWP consider it to be in the claimant's best interests that these deductions continue.

3. I understand that an Advance Payment can be refused if the claimant does not appear to be able to afford repayment because other deductions are already in place. However if the other deductions are lower down the priority list than Advance repayments why cannot the deductions already in place (at a lower priority order) be delayed until the Advance repayment is paid off? That would mean the claimant could afford an Advance repayment and the Advance could be made.

Thank you for your help.

Yours faithfully,

Glenys Harriman

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Dear DWP Strategy Freedom of Information,

I notice the response to my query has been delayed. Please could you answer asap. Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Glenys Harriman

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