8.4.2 Immediate Payments


This section contains information on the various methods of payment for immediate payments.

Differences between types of non-standard payments

It is important to understand the difference between various kinds of non-standard payments that are called similar names.

The following table outlines the differences between:

  • an urgent payment,
  • a hardship advance payment, and
  • a lump sum advance payment.
Type of Payment Can only be made to…
An urgent payment

EXISTING individuals already receiving a payment.

Explanation: All social security periodic payments can be paid as an urgent payment.
A hardship advance payment

individuals being granted a payment for their first instalment.

Individuals being restored to payment for their first instalment after restoration.

Hardship advances can only be paid for a social security pension or benefit.

A lump sum advance payment an individual receiving a social security entitlement, who has received some sort of income support payment for the 3 months immediately before applying for the advance.

Act reference: SSAct section 23(1)-'social security entitlement', section 23(1)-'income support payment'

Policy reference: SS Guide Qualification for certain benefits & PPS advance payments

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Last reviewed: 4 January 2016