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12(1)Where a prescribed payment which apart from this subsection falls to be made from public funds in the United Kingdom or under the law of any other member State is not made on or before the date which is the prescribed date in relation to the payment, then—
(a)in the case of a payment from such public funds, the authority responsible for making it may abate it by the relevant amount; and
(b)in the case of any other payment, the Secretary of State shall be entitled to receive the relevant amount out of the payment;
and in this subsection “the relevant amount”, in relation to a payment, means the amount which a benefit officer determines has been paid by way of supplementary benefit and would not have been paid if the payment had been made on the date aforesaid.
(a)a payment by way of prescribed income is made after the date which is the prescribed date in relation to the payment; and
(b)a benefit officer determines that an amount which has been paid by way of supplementary benefit would not have been paid if the said payment had been made on the date aforesaid,
the Secretary of State shall be entitled to recover that amount from the person to whom it was paid.
(2)Where for any period—
(a)a person (in this subsection referred to as A) is entitled to any prescribed benefit in respect of another person (in this subsection referred to as B); and
(b)B’s requirements have been taken into account in determining the amount of any supplementary benefit payable for that period to B or some other person (other than A); and
(c)the amount of the supplementary benefit so payable has been determined on the basis that A has not made payments for the maintenance of B at a rate equal to or exceeding the amount of the prescribed benefit;
the amount of the prescribed benefit may, at the discretion of the authority administering it, be abated by the amount by which the amounts paid under this Act exceed what a benefit officer determines they would have been had A, at the time the amount of the supplementary benefit was determined, been making payments for the maintenance of B at a rate equal to the amount of the prescribed benefit.
(3)Where, in determining the amount of any supplementary benefit, the requirements of any person have been taken into account for the whole or part of a period in respect of which there might be afforded or granted to him—
(a)a rate rebate under a scheme under section 11 or 12 of the M1Local Government Act 1974 or, in Scotland, the standard scheme prescribed under section 112 of the M2Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 (including that scheme as varied under section 114 of that Act); or
and before the whole or part of the rebate or allowance has been afforded or granted, the authority administering the rebate or allowance, as the case may be, are notified by a benefit officer of the amount by which the amounts paid under this Act exceed what the officer has determined they would have been had the rebate or allowance been afforded or granted before the amount of the supplementary benefit was determined, the amount of the rebate or allowance to be afforded or granted shall be reduced by the amount so notified.
(4)Where a benefit officer makes—
(a)a determination in pursuance of the preceding provisions of this section in respect of an amount of supplementary benefit; or
(b)a determination altering on review or refusing to review a determination in respect of such an amount which has been made for the purposes of this section by a benefit officer or on appeal,
the relevant person may appeal to the Appeal Tribunal against the determination; and subsection (3) of section 15 of this Act shall apply to an appeal under this subsection as it applies to an appeal under that section.
(5)In the preceding subsection “the relevant person” means the person who is entitled, apart from subsection (1), (2) or (3) of this section, to the prescribed payment or the prescribed benefit or the rebate or allowance in question or, as the case may be, to whom the amount mentioned in subsection (1A) of this section was paid.
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