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The Assembly Learning Grants and Loans (Higher Education) (Wales) Regulations 2006

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Support for part-time courses

53.—(1) For the purposes of this regulation, the support available is—

(a)a grant in respect of fees not exceeding the lesser of the following amounts—

(i)the basic grant, and

(ii)the “actual fees” (“ffioedd gwirioneddol”), being the amount of fees charged in respect of an academic year of the designated part-time course; and

(b)a grant not exceeding £1,000 for books, travel and other expenditure in connection with the designated part-time course.

(2) The basic grant varies according to the intensity of study.

(3) The intensity of study is calculated as follows and expressed as a percentage

FT / PT × 100

where

  • FT is the number of academic years ordinarily required to complete a course which is the full-time equivalent of the designated part-time course

  • PT is the number of academic years ordinarily required to complete the designated part-time course.

(4) The “basic grant” (“grant sylfaenol”) is—

(a)£590 where the intensity of study is less than 60 per cent. (“level 1”);

(b)£710 where the intensity of study is 60 per cent. or more but less than 75 per cent. (“level 2”);

(c)£885 where the intensity of study is 75 per cent. or more (“level 3”).

(5) Subject to paragraphs (6) and (7), the amount of support payable in respect of an academic year is as follows—

(a)the maximum amount of assistance available under paragraph (1) is payable if at the date of his or her application the eligible part-time student or his or her partner is entitled—

(i)under Part VII of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992(1) to income support, housing benefit or council tax benefit; or

(ii)under Part 1 of the Jobseekers Act 1995(2) to income-based jobseekers allowance;

(iii)or under section 2 of the Employment and Training Act 1973(3) to new deal allowance;

(b)where the relevant income is less than £15,345, the maximum amount of support available under paragraph (1) is payable;

(c)where the relevant income is £15,345, the maximum amount of support available under paragraph (1)(b) is payable together with £50 less than the maximum amount of support available under paragraph (1)(a);

(d)where the relevant income exceeds £15,345 but is less than £23,145, the maximum amount of support available under paragraph (1)(b) is payable and the amount of support payable under paragraph (1)(a) is the amount determined in accordance with paragraph (6);

(e)where the relevant income is £23,145, the maximum amount of support available under paragraph (1)(b) is payable and the amount of assistance payable under paragraph (1)(a) is £50;

(f)where the relevant income exceeds £23,145 but is less than £23,745, the maximum amount of support available under paragraph (1)(b) is payable and no support is payable under paragraph (1)(a);

(g)where the relevant income is £23,745 or more but less than £25,645, no support is available under paragraph (1)(a) and the amount of support payable under paragraph (1)(b) is the amount left after deducting from the maximum amount of support available under paragraph (1)(b) £1 for every complete £9.50 by which the relevant income exceeds £23,745;

(h)where the relevant income is £25,645, no support is payable under paragraph (1)(a) and the amount of support payable under paragraph (1)(b) is £50;

(i)where the relevant income exceeds £25,645, no support is payable under paragraph (1).

(6) Where paragraph (5)(d) applies, the amount of support payable under paragraph (1)(a) is determined by deducting from the maximum amount of support available under paragraph (1)(a) one of the following amounts—

(a)£50 plus a further £1 for each complete £9.50, £7.63 or £5.93 by which the relevant income exceeds £15,345 according to whether the intensity of study is level 1, 2 or 3, respectively; or

(b)where the basic grant is greater than the actual fees, an amount equal to that left after deducting from the amount calculated under sub-paragraph (a) the difference between the basic grant and the actual fees (unless the amount is a negative number in which case the maximum amount of support available under paragraph (1)(a) is payable).

(7) Where under regulation 57 a student receives support in relation to more than one designated part-time course in an academic year, the maximum amount of support under paragraph (1)(a) for that year is the amount of the basic grant for the course with the highest intensity of study that the student undertakes in that academic year.

(8) For the purposes of this regulation—

(a)“child” (“plentyn”) in relation to an eligible part-time student includes any child of his or her partner and any child for whom he or she has parental responsibility;

(b)“current financial year” (“y flwyddyn ariannol gyfredol”) means the financial year which includes the first day of the academic year in respect of which a person is being assessed for assistance;

(c)“dependent” (“dibynnol”) means wholly or mainly financially dependent;

(d)“financial year” (“blwyddyn ariannol”) means the period of twelve months for which the income of the eligible part-time student is computed for the purposes of the income tax legislation which applies to it;

(e)“income” (“incwm”) means gross income from all sources excluding any tax credits awarded pursuant to any claims under section 3 of the Tax Credits Act 2002;

(f)subject to sub-paragraph (g), “partner” (“partner”) means any of the following—

(i)the spouse of an eligible part-time student;

(ii)the civil partner of an eligible part-time student;

(iii)a person ordinarily living with an eligible part-time student as if he or she were his or her spouse or civil partner where an eligible part-time student is aged 25 or over on the first day of the academic year in respect of which he or she is being assessed for assistance and where he or she began the designated part-time course before 1 September 2006;

(iv)a person ordinarily living with an eligible part-time student as if he or she were his or her spouse or civil partner where an eligible part-time student begins the designated part-time course on or after 1 September 2006;

(g)a person who would otherwise be a partner under sub-paragraph (f) is not treated as a partner if—

(i)in the opinion of the National Assembly, that person and the eligible part-time student have ceased ordinarily to live together; or

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

(h)“preceding financial year” (“blwyddyn ariannol flaenorol”) means the financial year immediately preceding the current financial year;

(i)“relevant income” (“incwm perthnasol”) has the meaning given in paragraph (9); and

(j)where this regulation refers to a date before, on or after which an eligible part-time student began the designated part-time course and the student’s status as an eligible part-time student has been transferred to the designated part-time course as a result of one or more transfers of that status by the National Assembly from a part-time course (the “initial course”) in connection with which the National Assembly determined the student to be an eligible part-time student pursuant to regulations made under section 22 of the Act, the eligible student is treated as if he or she began the present designated part-time course on the date on which he or she began the initial course.

(9) For the purposes of this regulation—

(a)subject to sub-paragraph (b), an eligible part-time student’s relevant income is equal to his or her financial resources in the preceding financial year less—

(i)£2,000 in respect of his or her partner;

(ii)£2,000 in respect of the only or eldest child who is dependent on the student or his or her partner; and

(iii)£1,000 in respect of each other child who is dependent on the student or his or her partner;

(b)where the National Assembly is satisfied that an eligible part-time student’s financial resources in the preceding financial year are greater than his or her financial resources in the current financial year and that the difference between the two amounts is £1,000 or more, it may assess that student’s financial resources under sub-paragraph (a) by reference to those resources in the current financial year;

(c)an eligible part-time student’s financial resources in a financial year means the aggregate of his or her income for that year together with the aggregate of the income for that year of any person who at the date of the application for support is the student’s partner.

(1)

1992 c. 4; Part VII was amended by the Housing Act 1991 (c. 52), Schedule 19, the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (c. 14), Schedule 9 and Schedule 14, the Jobseekers Act 1995 (c. 18), Schedule 2 and Schedule 3, the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999 (c. 30), Schedule 8 and the State Pension Credit Act 2002 (c. 16), Schedule 2 and Schedule 3.

(2)

1995 c. 18; Part I was amended by the Employment Rights Act 1996 (c. 18), Schedule 1, the Social Security Act 1998 (c. 14), Schedules 7 and 8, the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999 (c. 30), Schedules 7, 8 and 13, the State Pension Credit Act 2002 (c. 16), Schedule 2, the National Insurance Contributions Act 2002 (c. 19), Schedule 1 and the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003 (c. 18), Schedule 6.

(3)

1973 p. 50; diwygiwyd adran 2 fel y'u hamnewidiwyd gan Ddeddf Cyflogaeth 1988 (p. 19) gan Ddeddf Cyflogaeth 1989 (p. 38), Atodlen 7. Mewnosodwyd is-adrannau (3A) a (3B) gan Ddeddf Diwygio Undebau Llafur a Hawliau Cyflogaeth 1993 (p. 19), adran 47 mewn perthynas â'r Alban yn unig.

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