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The Council Tax Reduction (State Pension Credit) (Scotland) Regulations 2012

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3.—(1) In these Regulations, “non-dependant” means any person, except someone to whom paragraph (2) applies, who normally resides with the applicant or with whom the applicant normally resides.

(2) This paragraph applies to—

(a)any member of the applicant’s family;

(b)if the applicant is polygamously married, any partner of the applicant and any child or young person who is a member of the applicant’s household and for whom the applicant or one of the applicant’s partners is responsible;

(c)a child or young person who is living with the applicant but who is not treated as a member of the applicant’s household by virtue of regulation 11 (membership of a household);

(d)subject to paragraph (3), any person who, with the applicant, is jointly and severally liable to pay council tax in respect of a dwelling for any day under section 75 of the Act(1) (persons liable to pay council tax);

(e)subject to paragraph (3), any person who is liable to make payments on a commercial basis to the applicant or any partner of the applicant in respect of the person’s occupation of the dwelling; and

(f)any person who lives with the applicant in order to care for the applicant or any partner of the applicant, or both of them, and who is engaged by a charitable or voluntary organisation which makes a charge to the applicant or the applicant’s partner, or both of them, for the services provided by that person.

(3) Excepting persons to whom paragraph (2)(a) to (c) and (f) refer, a person to whom any of the following sub-paragraphs applies is a non-dependant for the purpose of these Regulations—

(a)a person who resides with another person to whom the first mentioned person is liable to make payments in respect of the dwelling and either—

(i)that other person is a close relative of the first mentioned person or of the first mentioned person’s partner; or

(ii)the tenancy or other agreement between them is other than on a commercial basis;

(b)a person whose liability to make payments in respect of the dwelling appears to the relevant authority to have been created to take advantage of the council tax reduction scheme set out in these Regulations, except someone who was, for any period within the 8 weeks prior to the creation of the agreement giving rise to the liability to make the payments, otherwise liable to make payments of rent in respect of the same dwelling; and

(c)a person who becomes jointly and severally liable with the applicant for council tax in respect of a dwelling and who was, at any time during the period of 8 weeks prior to becoming liable, a non-dependant of one or more of the other residents in that dwelling who are liable for the council tax, unless the relevant authority is satisfied that the change giving rise to the new liability was not made to take advantage of the council tax reduction scheme set out in these Regulations.

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Section 75 was amended by section 4 of the Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) Act 2001 (asp 6) and paragraph 19 of schedule 10 to the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 (asp 10).

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