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Social Security Administration Act 1992

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138Nature of benefits

(1)In relation to England and Wales, regulations shall provide that where a person is entitled to a community charge benefit in respect of a charging authority’s personal community charge the benefit shall take such of the following forms as is prescribed in the case of the person—

(a)a payment or payments by the authority to the person;

(b)a reduction in the amount the person is or becomes liable to pay to the authority in respect of the charge as it has effect for the relevant or any subsequent chargeable financial year;

(c)both such payment or payments and such reduction.

(2)In relation to Scotland, regulations shall provide that where a person is entitled to a community charge benefit in respect of a personal community charge determined by a regional, islands or district council the benefit shall take such of the following forms as is prescribed in the case of the person—

(a)a payment or payments to the person by the levying authority to which the charge is payable;

(b)a reduction in the amount the person is or becomes liable to pay in respect of the charge as it has effect for the relevant or any subsequent chargeable financial year;

(c)both such payment or payments and such reduction.

(3)Regulations shall provide that where a person is entitled to a community charge benefit in respect of a contribution period the benefit shall take such of the following forms as is prescribed in the case of the person—

(a)a payment or payments by the relevant authority to the person;

(b)the reductions mentioned in subsection (4) below;

(c)both such payment or payments and such reductions.

(4)The reductions are—

(a)a reduction in the amount the person is liable to pay to the charge payer in respect of the contribution period, and

(b)a consequential reduction in the amount the charge payer is liable to pay in respect of the charge concerned as it has effect for the relevant chargeable financial year.

(5)For the purposes of subsections (1) and (2) above the relevant chargeable financial year is the chargeable financial year in which the relevant day falls; and the relevant day is the day in respect of which the person concerned is entitled to the benefit.

(6)For the purposes of subsection (3) above the relevant authority is—

(a)in relation to England and Wales, the authority to which an amount is payable in respect of the collective community charge concerned under section 15 of the [1988 c. 41.] Local Government Finance Act 1988 (“the 1988 Act”);

(b)in relation to Scotland, the levying authority to which the collective community charge is payable.

(7)For the purposes of subsection (4) above the charge payer is—

(a)in relation to England and Wales, the person who is liable to pay an amount in respect of the collective community charge concerned under section 15 of the 1988 Act;

(b)in relation to Scotland, the person who is liable to pay the collective community charge under section 11(5) of the [1987 c. 47.] Abolition of Domestic Rates Etc. (Scotland) Act 1987 (“the 1987 Act”).

(8)For the purposes of subsection (4) above the relevant chargeable financial year is the chargeable financial year in which the contribution period falls.

(9)Regulations under subsection (1), or (2) or (3) above may include such supplementary, incidental or consequential provisions as appear to the Secretary of State to be necessary or expedient; and any such provisions may include provisions amending or adapting provisions of the 1987 Act or the 1988 Act.

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