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44 Charges for accommodation provided by local authorities.E+W+S

(1)Section 22 of the M1National Assistance Act 1948 (charges for accommodation provided under Part III of that Act to be made at a standard rate fixed by the local authority subject to a minimum weekly rate prescribed under subsection (3)) shall have effect subject to the amendments specified in subsections (2) to (6) below.

(2)In subsection (1) (which relates to a person’s liability to pay for accommodation) for the words from the beginning to “the accommodation" there shall be substituted “ Subject to section 26 of this Act, where a person is provided with accommodation under this Part of this Act the local authority providing the accommodation shall recover from him the amount of the payment which he is liable to make ”.

(3)In subsection (2) (which requires the authority managing premises to fix the standard rate) after the word “payment" there shall be inserted “ which a person is liable to make ” and at the end of that subsection there shall be added the words “ and that standard rate shall represent the full cost to the authority of providing that accommodation ”

(4)In subsection (3) (which makes provision for people who are unable to pay at the standard rate)—

(a)the words “(disregarding income support)", and

(b)the words from “Provided that" to the end of the subsection,

shall be omitted.

(5)After subsection (4) (under which the Secretary of State may prescribe the minimum sum assumed to be required for a resident’s personal needs in determining the rate payable by him) there shall be inserted—

(4A)Regulations made for the purposes of subsection (4) of this section may prescribe different sums for different circumstances.

(6)In subsection (5A) (under which a local authority managing premises in which accommodation is provided for a person may limit the payments required from him for a certain period to the minimum rate prescribed under subsection (3)) for the words “the minimum weekly rate prescribed under subsection (3) above" there shall be substituted “ such amount as appears to them reasonable for him to pay ”.

(7)In section 29 of that Act (under subsection (4)(c) of which arrangements may be made for the provision of hostels where persons for whom welfare services are provided under that section may live) after subsection (4) there shall be inserted—

(4A)Where accommodation in a hostel is provided under paragraph (c) of subsection (4) of this section—

(a)if the hostel is managed by a local authority, section 22 of this Act shall apply as it applies where accommodation is provided under section 21;

(b)if the accommodation is provided in a hostel managed by a person other than a local authority under arrangements made with that person, subsections (2) to (4A) of section 26 of this Act shall apply as they apply where accommodation is provided under arrangements made by virtue of that section; and

(c)sections 32 and 43 of this Act shall apply as they apply where accommodation is provided under sections 21 to 26;

and in this subsection references to “accommodation” include references to board and other services, amenities and requisites provided in connection with the accommodation, except where in the opinion of the authority managing the premises or, in the case mentioned in paragraph (b) above, the authority making the arrangements their provision is unnecessary.

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I1S. 44 wholly in force at 1.4.1993 see s. 67(2) and S.I. 1992/2975, art. 2(2), Sch.

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