Guidance

How the deductions from benefit scheme works: guidance for creditors or suppliers

Guidance for current creditors or suppliers, for example, utility suppliers and landlords, on how the deductions from benefit scheme works.

Documents

How the Third Party Payments scheme works: a handbook for creditors or suppliers

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Form to amend name/address of a creditor or supplier

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Form to amend bank details of a creditor or supplier

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Form to amend customer reference numbers

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Details

In certain circumstances, DWP can deduct money from a claimant’s benefit and pay it to a creditor or supplier to clear a debt for:

  • council tax
  • fuel costs
  • rent and service charges
  • water charges

The payments are called ‘third party payments’. This guidance is for creditors and suppliers receiving a third party payment. It explains how the scheme works for deductions from:

  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Pension Credit

How to apply

Find out how to apply for deductions from benefit to clear a debt.

Universal Credit claimants

There is separate guidance about deductions from Universal Credit to clear a debt for:

Published 1 November 2011
Last updated 20 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. Amended how the Third Party Payments scheme works: a handbook for creditors or suppliers and forms ePRS01 and 2. We've added change of name to the form as well as change of address. And where the forms should be sent to, from Payment Resolution Service to Payment Services.
  2. Published latest version of the Third Party Payments creditor/supplier handbook with revised contact centre information throughout. (June 2018).
  3. Added revised deductions from benefit scheme form – 'Form to amend customer reference numbers'. Removed some test data (ePRS03).
  4. Published revised Form to amend customer reference numbers – fields increased to include more characters (ePRS03).
  5. Added revised deductions from benefit scheme form – 'Form to amend customer reference numbers' (ePRS03).
  6. Revised deductions from benefit scheme form – 'Form to amend customer reference numbers' (ePRS03).
  7. Published latest version of the Third Party Payments creditor/supplier handbook with revised contact and payment schedule information and general updates throughout.
  8. Revised deductions from benefit scheme form to amend customer reference numbers - ref: ePRS03.
  9. Published latest version of the Third Party Payments creditor/supplier handbook with revised opening hours of helpline.
  10. Replaced ePRS02 third party creditor supplier change of bank detail form with revised version.
  11. Published latest version of the Third Party Payments creditor/supplier handbook to include contact details for Universal Credit.
  12. Replaced "How the Third Party Payments scheme works: a handbook for creditors or suppliers" with a revised version that includes guidance for Universal Credit.
  13. Published new form for creditors or suppliers to notify DWP of a change to a customer's reference number.
  14. Published updated guidance and added forms for creditors or suppliers to notify DWP of a change of address or a change of bank details.
  15. Guide updated for new procedures for amending creditors' records and changing a customer's reference number and new contact details.
  16. First published.