Has anyone had experience of applying for a UC budgeting advance after a previous one has been entered into a DRO/bankruptcy and so the first loan can not be recovered?
The relevant reg says there would be a barrier if a loan “remains to be recovered”, which I would argue is not necessarily the same as “has not been paid”.
However, the explanatory memo at 7.15 interprets this as “claimants will need to have repaid an outstanding Budgeting Advance before a further Budgeting Advance is awarded”.
gov.uk also tells the public “you must have … paid off any previous Budgeting Advances”.
Is there any DWP guidance on this? It would seem harsh for someone who has gone insolvent to be forever barred access to further budgeting advances.