Citation, commencement, interpretation and extent

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2006 and shall come into force on 10th April 2006.

(2) In these Regulations, “the principal Regulations” means the National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Regulations 1992(1).

(3) These Regulations extend to Scotland only.

Amendment to regulation 2 of the principal Regulations

2.  In regulation 2(1) (interpretation) of the principal Regulations, for the definition of “liable relative” substitute–

“liable relative” means a spouse or civil partner, or a former spouse or civil partner of a resident;.

Amendment to regulation 20 of the principal Regulations

3.  In regulation 20 (capital limit) of the principal Regulations, for the amount “£19,500” substitute “£20,000”(2).

Amendment to regulation 28(1) of the principal Regulations

4.  In regulation 28(1) (calculation of tariff income from capital)(3) of the principal Regulations–

(a)for the amount “£12,000” (both times it appears) substitute the amount “£12,250”(4); and

(b)for the amount “£19,500” substitute the amount “£20,000”(5).

Amendment to Schedule 3 to the principal Regulations

5.—(1) Schedule 3 to the principal Regulations (sums to be disregarded in the calculation of income) is amended as follows.

(2) In paragraph 10A (pension income)(6)–

(a)in sub paragraphs (1) and (3), after “spouse” (each time it appears) insert “or civil partner”; and

(b)in sub paragraph (1)(b), after “spouse's” insert “or civil partner's”.

(3) In paragraph 17(b) (payments made to a resident in respect of a child or young person), for “section 51 of the Adoption (Scotland) Act 1978 (schemes for payment of allowances to adopters)” substitute “section 51A of the Adoption (Scotland) Act 1978 (adoption allowances schemes)”(7).

(4) In paragraph 28G (savings credit)(8)–

(a)in sub paragraphs (1) and (2), for the amount “£4.85” (each time it appears) substitute the amount “£5.05”; and

(b)in sub paragraphs (3) and (4), for the amount “£7.20” (each time it appears) substitute the amount “£7.50”.

Revocation

6.  The National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2005(9) are revoked.

LEWIS MACDONALD

Authorised to sign by the Scottish Ministers

St Andrew’s House,

Edinburgh

6th March 2006