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UC when child maintendance in payment

JMW adviser
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I just need a quick confirmation on this. My client is receiving UC as a 17 year old disabled student. His mother receives UC for herself. Am I right in thinking that child maintenance paid to his mother does not effect either UC award?

[ Edited: 6 Dec 2023 at 07:44 am by JMW adviser ]
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Child maintenance payments are disregarded as income in UC so will not affect either of the claims.

I believe the rationale behind it is so that the child can receive the full benefit of child maintenance payment whether it is arranged privately or through the Child Maintenance Service .

See section number 16 in the link below to Gov.UK, it can also be confirmed from other sources that this is the case.

<https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-credit-and-your-family-quick-guide/universal-credit-further-information-for-families>

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Thank you for the response and the helpful link.