§ Miss Widdecombe
The limit on deductions for utility and housing cost debt is £6 a week. Deductions for current charges may also be made. Benefit overpayment recovery is also subject to the £6 limit except when fraud is involved. In addition, £2 a week— £ 3.15 for couples—may be deducted in respect of a community charge court order. The rate of repayment of social fund loans is usually £2 to £6 a week, but it is flexible and takes account of other commitments of the claimant.
The order of priority of deductions that applies when there is insufficient benefit available to accommodate all deductions is:
- (1)housing costs;
- (2) service charges for fuel and rent not falling under (1);
- (3) fuel costs;
- (4) water charges;
- (5) community charges;
- (6) Social Fund loan repayments;
- (7) overpayment recoveries.