Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations further amend the Community Charge Benefits (General) Regulations 1989, the Family Credit (General) Regulations 1987 and the Housing Benefit (General) Regulations 1987.

They provide that, in respect of Community Charge Benefits and Housing Benefit, payments of maintenance to a child or young person are to be treated as the income of the claimant (regulations 2(2) and 4(2)).

In respect of all three benefits, they clarify the circumstances in which payments of maintenance are excepted from income which is otherwise subject to a disregard and they provide for the disregard of £15 of the total amount of certain maintenance payments made to a claimant or a member of his family when calculating income (regulations 2(3), 3 and 4(3)).

They also amend the Income Support (General) Amendment No. 6 Regulations 1991 in that they provide an additional circumstance in which certain saving provisions are to continue to apply to a person whose applicable amount includes severe disability premium (regulation 5).