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Expected to Work/Barriers to Full Employment Policy & Procedures

Published Date: August 01, 2011
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11 Income

Support Arrears on Court Orders/Legal Agreements – Not Owing to the Crown


Income Support, Training and Health Benefits Regulation, Schedule 2, section 1(1)(u)


This policy applies to arrears on enforceable court orders/legal agreements. From time to time recipients may receive payments on arrears owed to them for the months when the recipient was not on assistance. These arrears have been identified by the Maintenance Enforcement Program (MEP). MEP has confirmed these payments are not owing to the Crown and has forwarded the payments to the client.

This income is exempt.

The rationale for this policy is to allow recipients who have suffered financial stress due to accrued support arrears to retain the use of these funds for the maintenance and care of their children.