umbongo82 wrote:SilentDiver wrote:umbongo82 wrote:It is legal. Have a read of this: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/tpp-new-creditor-guide.pdf
Just because it's the DWP's policy doesn't make it legal, nor does it exempt them from the Data Protection Act or the UN Human Rights Charter. If my company policy was to murder non-paying clients in cold blood I don't think I'd get away with it by just saying I could in a PDF file and putting it on the web.
Try trying doing even a cursory amount of research instead of replying in such a manner.
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1987 ... on/35/made
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1987 ... ule/9/made
I would suggest that the only way they know if they can make deductions would be if they were made aware by the customer/advice agency/other third party they were on JSA etc. The DWP wouldn't give that information out.
Bit of a non-sequitur mentioning the UN Human Rights Charter and murder.
Mentioning my company policy of going after late-payers with a hatchet (both my company and that policy are entirely imaginary of course!) was purely hyperbole to emphasise the point that whatever the DWP or Yorkshire Water's policies may be, that doesn't override law unless the law that their policy is based upon specifically states that it does.
Section 9, admittedly from a cursory reading says nothing about it overriding the UNHRC and it's hardly surprising, because UK law isn't allowed to, thus the cursory reading this time and no reading at all the previous time.
That aside, Yorkshire Water have no business contacting government agencies about a matter that is entirely between them and one of their customers, they are a private company - I appreciate that it's a common occurrence but that doesn't make it right.