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Scotland Act 1998


For the purposes of the reservation, “benefits” includes pensions, allowances, grants, loans and any other form of financial assistance.  This ensures that all the various types of financial assistance provided as part of social security are covered.

Providing assistance for social security purposes to or in respect of individuals includes, among other things, providing assistance to or in respect of individuals:


who qualify by reason of old age, survivorship, disability, sickness, incapacity, injury, unemployment, maternity or the care of children or others needing care;


who qualify by reason of low income; or


in relation to their housing costs or liabilities for local taxes.  This includes all the main purposes of social security provision.  It also includes assistance in relation to housing costs or liabilities for local taxes, as described above.

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