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Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018

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PART 1ELIGIBILITY

CHAPTER 1ELIGIBILITY IS TO DEPEND ON LIVING IN AN AREA DURING A COLD SPELL

1The 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 area in which the individual’s home is situated experiencing a cold spell during that period.

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

(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 is not fulfilled (or may not be fulfilled), they must be framed so that the individual’s eligibility depends on the area in which the individual’s home is situated being, or having been, forecast to experience a cold spell during the period.

3The regulations are to set out, for the purpose of determining entitlement to cold-spell heating assistance—

(a)a definition of “home”,

(b)the circumstances in which an area is to be regarded as experiencing a cold spell,

(c)if provision of the kind described in paragraph 2 is made, the circumstances in which an area is to be regarded as being, or having been, forecast to experience a cold spell.

CHAPTER 2FURTHER CRITERIA

Age

4The regulations may make an individual’s eligibility depend on the age of either or both—

(a)the individual, and

(b)anyone else who lives in the individual’s home.

Financial circumstances

5The regulations may make an individual’s eligibility depend on the individual’s financial circumstances.

Receipt of, or eligibility for, other types of State assistance

6The regulations may make an individual’s eligibility depend on either or both the individual and anyone else who lives in the individual’s home—

(a)being, or not being, in receipt of another type of assistance (whether under this Act or another enactment),

(b)being, or not being, eligible or entitled to receive such assistance.

Application within specified period

7The regulations may provide that an individual ceases to be eligible in respect of a given period unless, by a deadline specified in the regulations—

(a)the individual has applied for cold-spell heating assistance in respect of the period, or

(b)the Scottish Ministers have become required to make a determination of the individual’s entitlement to cold-spell heating assistance in respect of the period by regulations under section 52.

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