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

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Severe disability premium

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7.—(1) With regard to severe disability premium the condition referred to in paragraph 5 is that the applicant is a severely disabled person.

(2) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (1), an applicant is to be treated as being a severely disabled person if—

(a)in the case of a single applicant, lone parent or an applicant who is treated as having no partner under sub-paragraph (3)—

(i)the applicant is in receipt of attendance allowance, the care component of disability living allowance at the highest or middle rate prescribed in accordance with section 72(3) of the 1992 Act or the daily living component of personal independence payment;

(ii)subject to sub-paragraph (6), the applicant has no non-dependants aged 18 or over normally residing with the applicant or with whom the applicant normally resides; and

(iii)no person is entitled to, and in receipt of, a carer’s allowance in respect of caring for the applicant; and

(b)in the case of an applicant who has a partner—

(i)the applicant is in receipt of attendance allowance, the care component of disability living allowance at the highest or middle rate prescribed in accordance with section 72(3) of the 1992 Act or the daily living component of personal independence payment;

(ii)the applicant’s partner is also in receipt of attendance allowance, the care component of disability living allowance at the highest or middle rate prescribed in accordance with section 72(3) of the 1992 Act or the daily living component of personal independence payment or, if the applicant is a member of a polygamous marriage, each other member of that marriage is in receipt of such an allowance or payment; and

(iii)subject to sub-paragraph (6), the applicant has no non-dependants aged 18 or over normally residing with the applicant or with whom the applicant normally resides,

and either a person is entitled to and in receipt of a carer’s allowance in respect of caring for only one member of the couple or, if the applicant is a member of a polygamous marriage, for one or more but not all the members of the marriage, or as the case may be, no person is entitled to and in receipt of a carer’s allowance in respect of caring for either member of the couple or any of the members of the marriage.

(3) Where an applicant has a partner who does not satisfy the condition in sub‑paragraph (2)(b)(ii), and that partner is blind or is treated as blind within the meaning of sub‑paragraph (4), that partner is to be treated for the purposes of sub-paragraph (2) as if the partner was not a partner of the applicant.

(4) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (3), a person is blind if that person has been certified as blind and in consequence is registered as blind in a register maintained by or on behalf of a local authority in Scotland or is registered as blind in a register compiled under section 29 of the National Assistance Act 1948(1) (welfare services).

(5) For the purposes of sub-paragraphs (3) and (4), a person who has ceased to be registered as blind on regaining eyesight is to be treated as blind for a period of 28 weeks following the date on which the person ceased to be registered as blind.

(6) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (2)(a)(ii) and (2)(b)(iii) no account is to be taken of—

(a)a person receiving attendance allowance, the care component of disability living allowance at the highest or middle rate prescribed in accordance with section 72(3) of the 1992 Act or the daily living component of personal independence payment; or

(b)a person who is blind within the meaning of sub-paragraph (4) or is treated as blind within the meaning of sub-paragraph (5).

(7) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (2)(b) a person is to be treated—

(a)as being in receipt of attendance allowance, the care component of disability living allowance at the highest or middle rate prescribed in accordance with section 72(3) of the 1992 Act or the daily living component of personal independence payment, if the person would, but for being a patient for a period exceeding 28 days, be in receipt of attendance allowance, the care component of disability living allowance at the highest or middle rate prescribed in accordance with section 72(3) of the 1992 Act or the daily living component of personal independence payment, as the case may be; and

(b)as being entitled to and in receipt of a carer’s allowance if the person would, but for the person in respect of whose care the care allowance was awarded being a patient in hospital for a period exceeding 28 days, be entitled to and in receipt of a carer’s allowance.

(8) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (2)(a)(iii) and (2)(b)—

(a)no account is to be taken of an award of carer’s allowance to the extent that payment of that award is back-dated for a period before the date on which the award is first paid; and

(b)references to a person being in receipt of a carer’s allowance include references to a person who would have been in receipt of that allowance but for the application of a restriction under section 6B or 7 of the Social Security Fraud Act 2001(2) (loss of benefit).

(1)

1948 c.29. 1948 c.29. Section 29 was repealed in relation to Scotland by Schedule 9 to the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 (c.49). In relation to England and Wales, section 29 was amended by section 1 of the National Assistance (Amendment) Act 1959 (c.30), Schedule 4 to the Mental Health (Scotland) Act 1960 (c.61), section 195 of, and paragraph 2 of Schedule 23 and Schedule 30 to, the Local Government Act 1972 (c.70), paragraph 3 of Schedule 3 to the Employment and Training Act 1973 (c.50), section 30 of and Schedule 10 to the Health and Social Services and Social Security Adjudications Act 1983 (c.41), section 44 of the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990 (c.19), paragraph 8 of Schedule 1 to the National Health Service (Consequential Provisions) Act 2006 (c.43) and section 147 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (c.14).

(2)

2001 c.11. Section 6B was inserted by section 24 of the Welfare Reform Act 2009 (c.24) and amended by section 113 of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 (c.5). Section 7 was amended by paragraph 45 of Schedule 2 to the State Pension Credit Act 2002 (c.16), section 49 and paragraph 23 of Schedule 3 to the Welfare Reform Act 2007 (c.5), paragraph 2 of Schedule 4, and Schedule 7, to the Welfare Reform Act 2009 and S.I. 2011/2298.

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