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.
Explanation: 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 lump sum advance.