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28. (1) A relevant person shall be treated as possessing income of which he has deprived himself for the purpose of increasing the amount of grant.
(2) Except in the case of a discretionary trust or a trust derived from a payment made in consequence of a personal injury, any income which would have become available to the relevant person upon application being made, but which has not been acquired by him, shall be treated as possessed by the relevant person but only from the date on which it could be expected to have been acquired had an application been made.
(3) Any payment of income, other than a payment of income made under the Macfarlane Trust, the MacFarlane (Special Payments) Trust or the Independent Living Fund, made–
(a)to a third party in respect of a relevant person being a single person or in respect of a member of the family (but not a member of the third party’s family) shall be treated as possessed by that single person or by that member to the extent that it is used for the food, ordinary clothing or footwear, household fuel, eligible rates or rent to which regulation 9 or 10 of the Housing Benefit (General) Regulations 1987 refers(1), or both, of that single person or, as the case may be, of any member of that family or is used for any personal community charge or collective community charge contribution for which that relevant person or member is liable;
(b)to a relevant person being a single person or a member of the family in respect of a third party (but not in respect of another member of that family) shall be treated as possessed by that single person or, as the case may be, that member of the family to the extent that it is kept or used by him or used by or on behalf of any member of the family.
(a)a relevant person performs a service for another person; and
(b)that person makes no payment of earnings or pays less than that paid for a comparable employment in the area; and
(c)it is not the case that the means of that person are insufficient for him to pay or to pay more for the service,
the local housing authority shall treat the relevant person as possessing such earnings (if any) as is reasonable for that employment; but this paragraph shall not apply to a relevant person who is engaged by a charitable or voluntary body or is a volunteer if it is reasonable for him to provide his services free of charge.
(5) In the case of an application to which section 126(3)(b) of the Act applies (renovation grants relating to two or more dwellings), there shall be treated as possessed by the relevant person 90 per cent. of the amount of the aggregate of the rents of each of the dwellings to be provided, other than any in respect of which an owner-occupation certificate accompanies the application, which may reasonably be expected to be obtained on a letting on the open market under an assured tenancy and assuming that no premium is paid.
(6) Where a relevant person is treated as possessing any income under any of paragraphs (1) to (3) and (5) the foregoing provisions of this Part shall apply for the purposes of determining the amount of that income as if a payment had actually been made and as if it were actual income which he does possess.
(7) Where a relevant person is treated as possessing any earnings under paragraph (4) the foregoing provisions of this Part shall apply for the purposes of determining the amount of those earnings as if a payment had actually been made and as if they were actual earnings which he does possess except that paragraph (3) of regulation 22 (determination of net earnings of employed earners) shall not apply and his net earnings shall be determined by taking into account those earnings which he is treated as possessing, less–
(a)an amount in respect of income tax equivalent to an amount determined by applying to those earnings the basic rate of tax in the year of assessment in which the application was made less only the personal relief to which the relevant person is entitled under sections 257(1), (6) and (7) and 259(1)(a) and (2) of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 (personal relief) as is appropriate to his circumstances; but if the assessment period is less than a year the amount of the personal relief deductible under this sub-paragraph shall be determined on a pro-rata basis;
(b)an amount in respect of primary Class 1 contributions payable under the 1975 Act in respect of those earnings; and
(c)one-half of any sum payable by the relevant person by way of a contribution towards an occupational or personal pension scheme.
(8) In paragraph (3) the expression “ordinary clothing or footwear” means clothing or footwear for normal daily use, but does not include school uniforms, or clothing or footwear used solely for sporting activities.
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