“All Universal Credit hardship payments are recoverable”

After some internet searching, confirmation that “All Universal Credit hardship payments are recoverable”

“As of 8 January 2014 Debt Management have been asked to recover 28 hardship payments held by 22 customers. To date recovery of £66.86 has been made from the total of £4,116.56 as recovery is not normally sought until the hardship ceases. There are currently insufficient cases in recovery to give a meaningful monthly average repayment figure. ”
Hardship payments are not recoverable if awarded to claimants who have claimed Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) or Employment Support Allowance (ESA)(emphasis added)
From: DWP Central FoI Team 17 January 2014 https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/190998/response/471780/attach/html/3/WDTK%205966.pdf.html

DWP Decison Makers guidance: Chapter L1: Hardship
What are recoverable hardship payments…L1004 https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/246209/Chapter_L1_-_Hardship.pdf

Above DWP Decision Makers guidance nor The Universal Credit Regulations 2013  CHAPTER 3 HARDSHIP  and 119. Recoverability of hardship payments state when Hardship Payments are not recoverable?

Clarification is still needed on recovery under the Universal Credit equivalent situation of people who currently claim Employment Support Allowance (ESA), work related activity group (WRAG)

Changes to the Hardship regime under existing benefits and Universal Credit
“51.  As a result of the proposed changes to ESA sanctions, we will ensure ESA
claimants in the work related activity group also have access to hardship payments. ESA hardship payments will not be recoverable. These hardship provisions will be carried forward into Universal Credit so that claimants with limited capability for work will have access to non-recoverable payments”
From: Conditionality,sanctions and hardship Equality impact assessment March 2011https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://www.parliament.uk/documents/impact-assessments/IA11-022BC.pdf”

If Hardship Payments are recovered through benefit payments, this will mean benefit sanctions can in effect be far longer than 3 year max announced in 2013?

“higher level sanctions…will lead to claimants losing all of their JSA for …156 weeks for a third and subsequent failure”

3-year benefit ban hits 120 disabled people under new sanctions regime
http://www.cpag.org.uk/content/3-year-benefit-ban-hits-120-disabled-people-under-new-sanctions-regime

Benefit sanctions soar under tougher regime
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/nov/06/benefits-sanctions-jobseekers-allowance

JSA and ESA Hardship Payment claim form and Guidance on DWP sanctions created severe suffering or privation http://refuted.org.uk/2013/11/20/severesuffering/

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