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

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59.—(1) Subject to the provisions of this regulation and regulation 60 (change of circumstances where state pension credit is in payment), a change of circumstances which affects entitlement to council tax reduction is to take effect for the purpose of calculating entitlement to council tax reduction from the first day of the reduction week starting immediately after the date on which the change actually occurs, and where that change is cessation of entitlement to any benefit under the benefit Acts, the date on which the change actually occurs is the day immediately following the last day of entitlement to that benefit.

(2) Subject to paragraph (3), where the change of circumstances is a change in the amount of council tax payable, it takes effect for the purpose of calculating entitlement to council tax reduction from the day on which it actually occurs.

(3) Where the change of circumstances is a change in the amount a person is liable to pay in respect of council tax in consequence of regulations under section 80 of the Act(1) (reduced amounts of council tax) or changes in the discount to which a dwelling may be subject under section 79(2) of that Act, it takes effect for the purpose of calculating entitlement to council tax reduction from the day on which the change in amount has effect.

(4) Where the change of circumstances is an amendment to these Regulations, it takes effect for the purpose of calculating entitlement to council tax reduction from the date on which the amendment to these Regulations comes into force.

(5) Where the change of circumstances is the applicant’s acquisition of a partner, it takes effect for the purpose of calculating entitlement to council tax reduction on the day on which they become partners.

(6) Where the change of circumstances is the death of an applicant’s partner or their separation, it takes effect for the purpose of calculating entitlement to council tax reduction on the day the death or separation occurred.

(7) If two or more changes of circumstances occurring in the same reduction week would, but for this paragraph, take effect for the purpose of calculating entitlement to council tax reduction in different reduction weeks in accordance with paragraphs (1) to (6) they take effect from the day to which the appropriate paragraph from (2) to (6) refers, or, where more than one day is concerned, from the earlier day.

(8) Where the change of circumstances is that income, or an increase in the amount of income, other than a benefit or an increase in the amount of a benefit under the 1992 Act, is paid in respect of a past period and there was no entitlement to income of that amount during that period, it takes effect for the purpose of calculating entitlement to council tax reduction from the first day on which the income, had it been paid in that period at intervals appropriate to that income, would have been taken into account for the purposes of these Regulations.

(9) Without prejudice to paragraph (8), where the change of circumstances is the payment of income or arrears of income in respect of a past period, it takes effect for the purpose of calculating entitlement to council tax reduction from the first day on which the income, had it been timeously paid in that period at intervals appropriate to that income, would have been taken into account for the purposes of these Regulations.

(10) Paragraph (11) applies if—

(a)the applicant or the applicant’s partner has attained the age of 65; and

(b)either—

(i)a non-dependant took up residence in the applicant’s dwelling; or

(ii)there has been a change of circumstances in respect of a non-dependant as a result of which the amount of the deduction to be made under regulation 48 (non-dependant deductions) increased.

(11) Where this paragraph applies, the change of circumstances referred to in paragraph (10)(b) takes effect from the effective date.

(12) Subject to paragraph (13), in paragraph (11) “the effective date” means—

(a)where more than one change of a kind referred to in paragraph (10)(b) relating to the same non-dependant has occurred since the latest of—

(i)the date on which the applicant’s entitlement to council tax reduction first began; or

(ii)the date which was the last effective date in respect of such a change,

the date which falls 26 weeks after the date on which the first change occurred; and

(b)where sub-paragraph (a) does not apply, the date which falls 26 weeks after the date on which the change referred to in paragraph (10)(b) occurred.

(13) If in any particular case the date determined under paragraph (12) is not the first day of a reduction week, the effective date in that case is the first day of the reduction week starting immediately after the date determined under that paragraph.

(1)

Section 80 was amended by paragraph 176 of Schedule 13 to the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994 (c.39).

(2)

Section 79 was amended by S.S.I. 2005/51.

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