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The National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 1998

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1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 1998 and shall come into force on 11th August 1998.

(2) In these Regulations “the principal Regulations” means the National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Regulations 1992(1).

Amendment of regulation 2 of the principal Regulations

2.—(1) In regulation 2(1) of the principal Regulations (interpretation)—

(a)in the definition of “less dependent resident”—

  • after the words “means a resident” there shall be inserted the words “who is in, or for whom accommodation is proposed to be provided in,”;

  • at the beginning of sub-paragraphs (a) and (b) the word “in” shall be deleted;

(b)for the definition of “resident” there shall be substituted the following definitions—

“prospective resident” means a person for whom accommodation is proposed to be provided under Part III of the Act(2);

“resident” means a person who is provided with accommodation under Part III of the Act or is a prospective resident;.

(2) At the end of regulation 2 of the principal Regulations there shall be added the following paragraph—

(4) In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires, any reference to a resident’s accommodation, or to accommodation provided for a resident, shall be construed in the case of a resident who is a prospective resident as a reference to accommodation which is proposed to be provided for him under Part III of the Act..

Amendment of regulation 23 of the principal Regulations

3.  In regulation 23(2)(a) of the principal Regulations (calculation of capital in the United Kingdom), there shall be added at the beginning the words—

except in the case of a prospective resident,.

Amendment of regulation 29 of the principal Regulations

4.  In regulation 29 of the principal Regulations (liable relatives—interpretation) in the definition of “periodical payment” there shall be inserted after the words “before the resident” the words “, if he is a prospective resident, is actually provided with his accommodation or, if he is not a prospective resident,”.

Amendment of Schedule 4 to the principal Regulations

5.  In Schedule 4 to the principal Regulations (capital to be disregarded)—

(a)in paragraph 1—

(i)for the words from “The value of” to “temporary resident” there shall be substituted the words—

(1) In the case of a temporary resident who is not a prospective resident, the value of one dwelling (and not more than one dwelling);

(ii)there shall be added at the end the following sub-paragraph—

(2) In the case of a temporary resident who is a prospective resident, the value of one dwelling (and not more than one dwelling) in circumstances where he intends, on being provided in fact with accommodation under that Part of the Act—

(a)to take reasonable steps to dispose of the dwelling in order that he may acquire another dwelling which he intends to occupy as his home; or

(b)to return to occupy that dwelling as his home; and the dwelling to which he intends to return is available to him.;

(b)in paragraph 5, for the words

  • the words “the accommodation was initially provided” there shall be substituted the following—

    (a)in the case of a resident other than a prospective resident the words “the accommodation was initially provided”;

    (b)in the case of a prospective resident, the words “the local authority began to assess his ability to pay for his accommodation under these Regulations”..

Frank Dobson

One of Her Majesty’s Principal Secretaries of State (Department of Health)

16th July 1998

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