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