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The Assembly Learning Grants (European University Institute) (Wales) Regulations 2009

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26.—(1) For the purposes of regulations 21 to 25—

(a)“adult dependant” (“dibynnydd mewn oed”) means, in relation to an eligible student, an adult person dependent on the student other than his or her child, his or her partner (including a spouse or civil partner from whom the Welsh Ministers consider the student is separated) or his or her former partner;

(b)“child” (“plentyn”) in relation to an eligible student includes any child of the student’s partner who is dependent on the student and any child for whom the student has parental responsibility who is dependent on him or her;

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

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

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

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

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

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

(i)the spouse of a student;

(ii)the civil partner of a student;

(iii)a person ordinarily living with a student as if that person were his or her spouse where that student—

(aa)was aged 25 or over at the start of the academic year in respect of which the student’s contribution falls to be assessed; and

(bb)started the designated course on or after 1 September 2000;

(iv)a person ordinarily living with a student as if that person were his or her civil partner where that student—

(aa)was aged 25 or over at the start of the academic year in respect of which the student’s contribution falls to be assessed; and

(bb)started the designated course on or after 1 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 Welsh Ministers, that person and the student are separated; or

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

(j)for the purposes of the definition of “adult dependant”, a person is to be treated as a partner if the person would be a partner under sub-paragraph (h) but for the fact that the student with whom he or she is living was not aged 25 or over at the start of the academic year in respect of which the student’s contribution falls to be assessed;

(k)for the purposes of the definitions of “child” and “lone parent” , a person is to be treated as a partner if the person would be a partner under sub-paragraph (h) but for the date on which the student began the designated course or the fact that the student with whom he or she is ordinarily resident was not aged 25 or over at the start of the academic year in respect of which the student’s contribution falls to be assessed.

(l)subject to sub-paragraph (m), for the purposes of the definition of “adult dependant” , the Welsh Ministers may treat an adult person or child as dependent on an eligible student if they are satisfied that the adult person or child—

(i)is not dependent on—

(aa)the eligible student; or

(bb)his or her partner; but

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

(m)the Welsh Ministers must not treat an adult person (“A”) as dependent on an eligible student in accordance with sub-paragraph (l), if A is—

(i)the spouse or civil partner of the eligible student’s partner (including a spouse or civil partner from whom the Welsh Ministers consider the eligible student’s partner is separated); or

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

(n)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 1 September 2000, a person ordinarily living with an eligible student’s partner as if he or she were his or her spouse;

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

(2) Subject to paragraph (3), a dependant’s net income is his or her 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 for the purposes of section 23 of the Children Act 1989(3);

(f)any payment made to the dependant under section 23C(5A) of the Children Act 1989(4);

(g)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(5); and

(h)any child tax credit to which the dependant is entitled under Part 1 of the Tax Credits Act 2002(6).

(3) Where an eligible student or his or her 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 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 Welsh Ministers the obligation has been reasonably incurred; or

(b)such lesser amount, if any, as the Welsh Ministers consider appropriate if, in their opinion, a lesser obligation could reasonably have been incurred.

(4) For the purposes of paragraph (2), where—

(a)the dependant is a dependent child; and

(b)payments are made to the 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 16, paragraph 12, the Care Standards Act 2000 (c. 14), Schedule 4, paragraph 14, the Children Act 2004 (c. 31), section 49(3) and the Children and Young Persons Act 2008 (c. 23), Schedule 3, paragraphs 1 and 7.

(4)

Subsections (5A) to (5C) of section 23C of the Children Act 1989 were inserted, in relation to England, by section 21 of the Children and Young Persons Act 2008 and S.I. 2009/268 and S.I. 2009/2273 refer.

(5)

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

(6)

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

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