Universal Credit payment £ deductions are not reduced when a 100% sanction is applied?

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

RE: Universal credit: More than half of claimants have money deducted from payments https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/po...

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.

Yours faithfully,

Frank Zola

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Frank Zola left an annotation ()

"The Committee pointed out that where a claimant has deductions from their Standard Allowance for debts or repayments, the children and housing elements of UC may be sanctioned. It called for this practice to be stopped by suspending any such deductions for the duration of a sanction. In response, DWP rejects this particular approach, but does commit to exploring ‘options for capping overall deductions’ in these circumstances, and will write back to the Committee before the end of 2019."
https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http:...
Commentary on the government response to the Work and Pensions Commitee report on benefit sanctions, Feb 2019 - published April 2019

Frank Zola left an annotation ()

"The Committee recommended that recovery of UC hardship payments should only be at an affordable rate, with a default of 5% of Standard Allowance. DWP rejects this recommendation, because it does not think it is harsh enough"