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The Education (Student Support) Regulations 2008

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46.—(1) In regulations 42 to 45—

(a)subject to sub-paragraph (n), “adult dependant” means, in relation to an eligible student, an adult person dependent on the student other than his child, his partner (including a spouse or civil partner from whom the Secretary of State considers the student is separated) or his former partner;

(b)“child” in relation to an eligible student includes any child of his partner who is dependent on him and any child for whom he has parental responsibility who is dependent on him;

(c)“dependant” means, in relation to an eligible student, his partner, his dependent child or an adult dependant, who in each case is not an eligible student and does not hold a statutory award;

(d)“dependent” means wholly or mainly financially dependent;

(e)“dependent child” means, in relation to an eligible student, a child dependent on the student;

(f)“lone parent” means an eligible student who does not have a partner and who has a dependent child or dependent children;

(g)“net income” has the meaning given in paragraph (2);

(h)subject to sub-paragraphs (i), (j), (k), (l) and (m), “partner” means any of the following—

(i)the spouse of an eligible student;

(ii)the civil partner of an eligible student;

(iii)a person ordinarily living with an eligible student as if he were his spouse where an eligible student falls within paragraph 2(1)(a) of Schedule 4 and began the specified designated course on or after 1st September 2000;

(iv)a person ordinarily living with an eligible student as if he were his civil partner where an eligible student falls within paragraph 2(1)(a) of Schedule 4 and began the specified designated course on or after 1st September 2005;

(i)unless otherwise indicated, a person who would otherwise be a partner under sub-paragraph (h) is not to be treated as a partner if—

(i)in the opinion of the Secretary of State, that person and the eligible student are separated; or

(ii)the person is ordinarily living outside the United Kingdom and is not maintained by the eligible student;

(j)for the purposes of the definition of “adult dependant”, a person is to be treated as a partner if he would be a partner under sub-paragraph (h) but for the fact that the eligible student with whom he is ordinarily living does not fall within paragraph 2(1)(a) of Schedule 4;

(k)for the purposes of the definitions of “child” and “lone parent”, a person is to be treated as a partner if he would be a partner under sub-paragraph (h) but for the date on which the eligible student began the specified designated course or the fact that the eligible student with whom he is ordinarily living does not fall within paragraph 2(1)(a) of Schedule 4;

(l)for the purposes of regulation 43—

(i)sub-paragraph (i) does not apply; and

(ii)a person is to be treated as a partner if he would be a partner under sub-paragraph (h) but for the fact that the eligible student with whom he is ordinarily living does not fall within paragraph (2)(1)(a) of Schedule 4;

(m)for the purposes of determining whether a person is the former partner of an eligible student’s partner, “partner” in relation to an eligible student’s partner means—

(i)the spouse of an eligible student’s partner;

(ii)the civil partner of an eligible student’s partner;

(iii)where the eligible student began the specified designated course on or after 1st September 2000, a person ordinarily living with an eligible student’s partner as if he were his spouse;

(iv)where the eligible student began the specified designated course on or after 1st September 2005, a person ordinarily living with an eligible student’s partner as if he were his civil partner;

(n)subject to sub-paragraph (o), for the purposes of the definitions of “adult dependant” and “dependent child”, the Secretary of State may treat an adult person or child as dependent on an eligible student if he is satisfied that the adult person or child—

(i)is not dependent on—

(aa)the eligible student; or

(bb)his partner; but

(ii)is dependent on the eligible student and his partner together;

(o)the Secretary of State must not treat an adult person (“A”) as dependent on an eligible student in accordance with sub-paragraph (n), if A is—

(i)the spouse or civil partner of the eligible student’s partner (including a spouse or civil partner from whom the Secretary of State considers the eligible student’s partner is separated); or

(ii)the former partner of the eligible student’s partner.

(2) Subject to paragraph (3), a dependant’s net income is his income from all sources for the academic year in question reduced by the amount of income tax and social security contributions payable in respect of it but disregarding—

(a)any pension, allowance or other benefit paid by reason of a disability or incapacity to which the dependant is subject;

(b)child benefit payable under Part IX of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992(1);

(c)any financial support payable to the dependant by a local authority in accordance with regulations made under sections 2, 3 and 4 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002(2);

(d)any guardian’s allowance to which the dependant is entitled under section 77 of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992;

(e)in the case of a dependant with whom a child being looked after by a local authority is boarded out, any payment made to that dependant in pursuance of section 23 of the Children Act 1989(3);

(f)any payments made to the dependant under section 15 of and Schedule 1 to the Children Act 1989 in respect of a person who is not the dependant’s child or any assistance given by a local authority pursuant to section 24 of that Act(4); and

(g)any child tax credit to which the dependant is entitled under Part I of the Tax Credits Act 2002(5).

(3) Where an eligible student or his partner makes any recurrent payments which were previously made by the student in pursuance of an obligation incurred before the first academic year of the student’s course, the partner’s net income is the net income calculated in accordance with paragraph (2) reduced by—

(a)an amount equal to the payments in question for the academic year, if in the opinion of the Secretary of State the obligation had been reasonably incurred; or

(b)such lesser amount, if any, as the Secretary of State considers appropriate if, in his opinion, a lesser obligation could reasonably have been incurred.

(4) For the purposes of paragraph (2), where the dependant is a dependent child and payments are made to the eligible student towards the child’s maintenance, those payments are to be treated as the child’s income.

(1)

1992 c. 4 to which there are amendments not relevant to these Regulations.

(3)

1989 c. 41. Section 23 was amended by the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 (c. 41), Schedule 6, paragraph 12, the Care Standards Act 2000 (c. 14), Schedule 4, paragraph 14 and the Children Act 2004 (c. 31), section 49(3)

(4)

1989 c. 41. There are amendments to sections 15 and 24 and Schedule 1 which are not relevant to these Regulations.

(5)

2002 c. 21 to which there are amendments not relevant to these Regulations.

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