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Prospective

SCHEDULE 2SCARER'S ASSISTANCE REGULATIONS

PART 1 SELIGIBILITY

CHAPTER 1SELIGIBILITY IS TO DEPEND ON BEING OR HAVING BEEN A CARER

1(1)The regulations must be framed so that (subject to any provision of the kind described in paragraph 2) an individual's eligibility in respect of a given period depends on the individual having provided regular and substantial care during that period to another individual to whom a disability benefit is normally payable.S

(2)The regulations—

(a)are to set out the circumstances in which an individual is to be regarded as having provided regular and substantial care to another individual during a period, and

(b)may, in particular, do so by reference to whether or not the number of hours of care provided during the period exceeds (or is deemed to exceed) a threshold specified in the regulations.

(3)In sub-paragraph (1), “disability benefit” has the meaning given in the interpretation provision in Section F1 of Part 2 of schedule 5 of the Scotland Act 1998.

2(1)The regulations may be framed so that, despite the criterion described in paragraph 1(1) not being fulfilled in relation to a given period, an individual may nevertheless be eligible in respect of that period.S

(2)Where the regulations allow an individual to be eligible in respect of a period in relation to which the criterion described in paragraph 1(1) is not fulfilled, they must be framed so that the individual's eligibility depends on the individual—

(a)having at some time provided care to another individual who has a disability, and

(b)as a result of doing so, having received—

(i)carer's assistance,

(ii)carer's allowance, or

(iii)invalid care allowance.

(3)In sub-paragraph (2)(b), “carer's allowance” and “invalid care allowance” both mean an allowance payable under section 70 of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992.