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The Adoption Support Services (Local Authorities) (Wales) Regulations 2004

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Review, variation and termination of financial support

14.—(1) The local authority must review any financial support —

(a)annually, on receipt of a statement from the adoptive parents as to —

(i)their financial circumstances;

(ii)the financial needs and resources of the child;

(iii)their address and whether the child still has a home with them (or either of them); and

(b)if any change in the circumstances of the adoptive parents or the child, including any change of address, comes to their notice.

(2) Paragraphs (3) to (6) will apply where financial support is payable in instalments or periodically.

(3)  The local authority may vary, suspend or terminate payment of the financial support if, as a result of a review, they consider that the adoptive parents' need for it has changed or ceased since the amount of financial support was last determined.

(4) Where the adoptive parents fail to supply the local authority with an annual statement in accordance with their agreement under regulation 10(3)(b), the local authority may assume the adoptive parents' need for financial support to have ceased until such time as a statement is supplied.

(5) Where payment of financial support is suspended the local authority may recommence payment if, as a result of a review, the local authority consider that the financial circumstances of the adoptive parents have become such that financial support should be paid.

(6) The local authority must terminate payment of financial support when —

(a)the child ceases to have a home with the adoptive parents (or either of them);

(b)the child qualifies for income support or jobseeker’s allowance in his or her own right;

(c)the child attains the age of 18;

(d)any period agreed between the local authority and the adoptive parents for the payment of the allowance expires; or

(e)the child dies.

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