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Health and Social Care Act 2008

Section 132: Administration: Great Britain

459.Subsections (1) and (2) enable the Commissioners for HM Revenue and Customs to make regulations about the administration of the Health in Pregnancy Grant. The regulations may, for example, provide for a claim to be made in a manner, and within a time, prescribed by the regulations. The regulations may also require persons prescribed by the regulations to provide information to enable the Commissioners to determine if the conditions for eligibility are met.

460.Subsection (3) inserts new section 12A (necessity of application for health in pregnancy grant) into the Social Security Administration Act 1992. The new section provides that entitlement to the grant depends on making a claim in the required manner. It specifies that no person is to have entitlement to the grant without having a National Insurance Number or providing the evidence in order for a National Insurance Number to be allocated. It also enables the Commissioners for HM Revenue and Customs to prescribe exceptions to this requirement.

461.Subsections (4) and (5) enable the Commissioners for HM Revenue and Customs to recover overpayments of the grant made as a result, for example, of fraud, mistake or failure to disclose accurate information.

462.Subsections (6) and (7) amend sections 121E and 121F of the Social Security Administration Act 1992, to include information obtained by HMRC in connection with its functions relating to the Health in Pregnancy Grant. This will allow DWP and HMRC to share information to help develop and refine policies for pregnant women.

463.Subsection (8) applies Chapter 2 of Part 1 of the Social Security Act 1998, which makes provision about decisions and appeals and provides for those functions to be exercised by the Commissioners for HM Revenue and Customs.

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