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PART 1General

Title, commencement and application

1.—(1) The title of these Regulations is the Council Tax Reduction Schemes and Prescribed Requirements (Wales) Regulations 2012.

(2) These Regulations come into force on the day after the day on which they are made and apply in relation to Wales.

(3) These Regulations apply in relation to the financial year beginning on 1 April 2013.

(4) On or before 1 January 2014 the Welsh Ministers must publish draft regulations under section 13A(4) of the 1992 Act in respect of the financial year beginning 1 April 2014 and subsequent financial years.

Interpretation

2.—(1) In these Regulations—

“the 1992 Act” means the Local Government Finance Act 1992;

“Abbeyfield Home” means an establishment run by the Abbeyfield Society including all bodies corporate or unincorporated which are affiliated to that society;

“adoption leave” means a period of absence from work on ordinary or additional adoption leave by virtue of section 75A or 75B of the Employment Rights Act 1996(1);

AFIP” means an armed forces independence payment payable in accordance with an armed and reserve forces compensation scheme established under section 1(2) of the Armed Forces (Pensions and Compensation) Act 2004(2);

“applicable amount” means—

(a)

in relation to a pensioner, the amount calculated in accordance with paragraph 1 of Schedule 1 and Schedule 2; and

(b)

in relation to a person who is not a pensioner, the amount calculated in accordance with—

(i)

paragraphs 1 and 2 of Schedule 6 and Schedule 7; or

(ii)

paragraph 3 of Schedule 6,

as the case may be;

“applicant” means a person applying for a reduction under an authority’s scheme;

“application” means an application for a reduction under an authority’s scheme;

“appropriate DWP office” means an office of the Department for Work and Pensions dealing with state pension credit or an office which is normally open to the public for the receipt of claims for income support, a jobseeker’s allowance or an employment and support allowance;

“assessment period” means the period determined—

(a)

in relation to pensioners—

(i)

in relation to the earnings of a self-employed earner, in accordance with paragraph 14 of Schedule 1 for the purpose of calculating the weekly earnings of the applicant; or

(ii)

in relation to any other income, in accordance with paragraph 11 of Schedule 1 for the purpose of calculating the weekly income of the applicant;

(b)

in relation to persons who are not pensioners, such period as is set out in paragraphs 10 to 12 of Schedule 6 over which income falls to be calculated;

“attendance allowance” means—

(a)

an attendance allowance under Part 3 of the SSCBA(3);

(b)

an increase of disablement pension under section 104 or 105 of the SSCBA;

(c)

a payment by virtue of article 14, 15, 16, 43 or 44 of the Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme 1983(4) or any analogous payment; or

(d)

any payment based on need for attendance which is paid as part of a war disablement pension;

“authority” means a billing authority in relation to whose area a scheme has effect in accordance with regulation 12;

“basic rate” has the meaning given by the Income Tax Act 2007(5);

“the benefit Acts” means the SSCBA, the Jobseekers Act 1995(6),the State Pension Credit Act 2002(7) and the Welfare Reform Act 2007(8);

“board and lodging accommodation” means accommodation provided to a person, or if that person is a member of a family, to that person or any other member of that person’s family, for a charge which is inclusive of the provision of that accommodation and at least some cooked or prepared meals which both are cooked or prepared (by a person other than the person to whom the accommodation is provided or a member of that person’s family) and are consumed in that accommodation or associated premises;

“care home” has the meaning given by section 3 of the Care Standards Act 2000(9) and in Scotland means a care home service within the meaning given by section 2(3) of the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001(10) and in Northern Ireland means a nursing home within the meaning of Article 11 of the Health and Personal Social Services (Quality, Improvement and Regulation) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003(11) or a residential care home within the meaning of Article 10 of that Order;

“the Caxton Foundation” means the charitable trust of that name established on 28th March 2011 out of funds provided by the Secretary of State for the benefit of certain persons suffering from hepatitis C and other persons eligible for payment in accordance with its provisions;

“child” means a person under the age of 16;

“child benefit” has the meaning given by section 141 of the SSCBA(12));

“child tax credit” means a child tax credit under section 8 of the Tax Credits Act 2002(13);

“close relative” means a parent, parent-in-law, son, son-in-law, daughter, daughter-in-law, step-parent, step-son, step-daughter, brother, sister, or if any of the preceding persons is one member of a couple, the other member of that couple;

“concessionary payment” means a payment made under arrangements made by the Secretary of State with the consent of the Treasury which is charged either to the National Insurance Fund or to a Departmental Expenditure Vote to which payments of benefit or tax credits under the benefit Acts or the Tax Credits Act 2002(14) are charged;

“contributory employment and support allowance” means a contributory allowance under Part 1 of the Welfare Reform Act 2007(15);

“council tax benefit” means council tax benefit under Part 7 of the SSCBA;

“couple” has the meaning given by regulation 4;

“designated office” means the office of an authority designated by it for the receipt of applications—

(a)

by notice upon or with a form supplied by the authority for the purposes of making an application; or

(b)

by reference upon or with such a form to some other document available from it and sent by electronic means or otherwise on application and without charge; or

(c)

by any combination of the provisions set out in paragraphs (a) and (b);

“disability living allowance” means a disability living allowance under section 71 of the SSCBA(16);

“dwelling” has the meaning given by section 3 of the 1992 Act;

“earnings” has the meaning given by paragraphs 12, 14 and 15 of Schedule 1 and paragraph 14 or 16 of Schedule 6 as the case may be;

“the Eileen Trust” means the charitable trust of that name established on 29th March 1993 out of funds provided by the Secretary of State for the benefit of persons eligible for payment in accordance with its provisions;

“electronic communication” has the same meaning as in section 15(1) of the Electronic Communications Act 2000(17);

“employed earner” is to be construed in accordance with section 2(1)(a) of the SSCBA(18) and also includes a person who is in receipt of a payment which is payable under any enactment having effect in Northern Ireland and which corresponds to statutory sick pay or statutory maternity pay;

the Employment, Skills and Enterprise Scheme” means a scheme under section 17A (schemes for assisting persons to obtain employment: “work for your benefit” schemes etc.) of the Jobseekers Act 1995(19) known by that name and provided pursuant to arrangements made by the Secretary of State that is designed to assist claimants for job-seekers allowance to obtain employment, including self-employment, and which may include for any individual work-related activity (including work experience or job search);

“employment zone” means an area within Great Britain designated for the purposes of section 60 of the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999(20) and an “employment zone programme” means a programme established for such an area or areas designed to assist claimants for a jobseeker’s allowance to obtain sustainable employment;

“employment zone contractor” means a person who is undertaking the provision of facilities in respect of an employment zone programme on behalf of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions;

“enactment” includes an enactment comprised in, or in an instrument made under, an Act of the Scottish Parliament or an Act or Measure of the National Assembly for Wales;

“extended reduction” means a reduction under a scheme to which a person is eligible under Part 5 of Schedule 1 and Part 5 of Schedule 6;

“extended reduction period” means the period for which a person is in receipt of an extended reduction in accordance with paragraph 33 of Schedule 1 and paragraph 35 of Schedule 6 or paragraph 40 of Schedule 6;

“extended reduction (qualifying contributory benefits)” means a reduction under a scheme for which a person is eligible pursuant to paragraph 32 of Schedule 1 and paragraph 39 of Schedule 6;

“family” has the meaning given by regulation 6;

the Fund” means moneys made available from time to time by the Secretary of State for the benefit of persons eligible for payment in accordance with the provisions of a scheme established by the Secretary of State on 24th April 1992 or, in Scotland, on 10th April 1992;

“guarantee credit” is to be construed in accordance with sections 1 and 2 of the State Pension Credit Act 2002(21);

“a guaranteed income payment” means a payment made under article 15(1)(c) or article 29(1)(a) of the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation Scheme) Order 20011(22);

“housing benefit” means housing benefit under Part 7 of the SSCBA;

“an income-based jobseeker’s allowance” and “a joint-claim jobseeker’s allowance” have the meanings given by section 1(4) of the Jobseekers Act 1995(23);

“income-related employment and support allowance” means an income-related allowance under Part 1 of the Welfare Reform Act 2007;

“independent hospital”—

(a)

in England means a hospital as defined by section 275 of the National Health Service Act 2006(24) that is not a health service hospital as defined by that section;

(b)

in Wales has the meaning given by section 2 of the Care Standards Act 2000(25); and

(c)

in Scotland means an independent healthcare service as defined by section 10F of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978(26);

“the Independent Living Fund (2006)” means the Trust of that name established by a deed dated 10th April 2006 and made between the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions of the one part and Margaret Rosemary Cooper, Michael Beresford Boyall and Marie Theresa Martin of the other part;

“invalid carriage or other vehicle” means a vehicle propelled by a petrol engine or by electric power supplied for use on the road and to be controlled by the occupant;

“the London Bombings Relief Charitable Fund” means the company limited by guarantee (number 5505072), and registered charity of that name established on 11th July 2005 for the purpose of (amongst other things) relieving sickness, disability or financial need of victims (including families or dependants of victims) of the terrorist attacks carried out in London on 7th July 2005;

“lone parent” means a person who has no partner and who is responsible for and a member of the same household as a child or young person;

“the Macfarlane (Special Payments) Trust” means the trust of that name, established on 29th January 1990 partly out of funds provided by the Secretary of State, for the benefit of certain persons suffering from haemophilia;

“the Macfarlane (Special Payments) (No 2) Trust” means the trust of that name, established on 3rd May 1991 partly out of funds provided by the Secretary of State, for the benefit of certain persons suffering from haemophilia and other beneficiaries;

“the Macfarlane Trust” means the charitable trust, established partly out of funds provided by the Secretary of State to the Haemophilia Society, for the relief of poverty or distress among those suffering from haemophilia;

“main phase employment and support allowance” means an employment and support allowance where the calculation of the amount payable in respect of the applicant includes a component under section 2(1)(b) or 4(2)(b) of the Welfare Reform Act 2007(27) except in Part 1 of Schedule 3;

“maternity leave” means a period during which a woman is absent from work because the woman is pregnant or has given birth to a child, and at the end of which the woman has a right to return to work either under the terms of the woman’s contract of employment or under Part 8 of the Employment Rights Act 1996(28);

“maximum council tax reduction amount” means the amount determined in accordance with paragraph 2 of Schedule 1 and paragraph 4 of Schedule 6;

“member of a couple” means a member of a married or unmarried couple;

MFET Limited” means the company limited by guarantee (number 7121661) of that name, established for the purpose in particular of making payments in accordance with arrangements made with the Secretary of State to persons who have acquired HIV as a result of treatment by the NHS with blood or blood products;

“mobility supplement” means—

(a)

in relation to pensioners, a supplement to which paragraph 5(1)(a)(vii) of Schedule 3 refers;

(b)

in relation to persons who are not pensioners, a supplement to which paragraph 13 of Schedule 9 refers;

“mover” means an applicant who changes the dwelling in which the applicant is resident, and in respect of which the applicant is liable to pay council tax, from a dwelling in the area of one authority to a dwelling in the area of a second authority;

“net earnings” means such earnings as are calculated in accordance with paragraph 13 of Schedule 1 and paragraph 15 of Schedule 6, as the case may be;

“net profit” means such profit as is calculated in accordance with paragraph 23 of Schedule 1 and paragraph 24 of Schedule 6;

“new dwelling” means, for the purposes of the definition of “second authority” and paragraph 35 of Schedule 1, paragraphs 37 and 42 of Schedule 6, the dwelling to which an applicant has moved, or is about to move, in which the applicant will be resident;

“non-dependant” has the meaning given by regulation 9;

“occasional assistance” means any payment or provision made by a local authority, the Welsh Ministers or the Scottish Ministers for the purposes of—

(a)

meeting, or helping to meet an immediate short-term need—

(i)

arising out of an exceptional event or exceptional circumstance, or

(ii)

that needs to be met to avoid a risk to the well-being of an individual, and

(b)

enabling qualifying individuals to establish or maintain a settled home, and—

(i)

“local authority” has the meaning given by section 270(1) of the Local Government Act 1972(29); and

(ii)

“qualifying individuals” means individuals who have been, or without the assistance might otherwise be—

(aa)

in prison, hospital, an establishment providing residential care or other institution, or

(bb)

homeless or otherwise living an unsettled way of life;

“occupational pension” means any pension or other periodical payment under an occupational pension scheme but does not include any discretionary payment out of a fund established for relieving hardship in particular cases;

“occupational pension scheme” has the same meaning as in section 1 of the Pension Schemes Act 1993(30);

“ordinary clothing and footwear” means clothing or footwear for normal daily use, but does not include school uniforms, or clothing or footwear used solely for sporting activities;

“partner”, in relation to a person, means—

(a)

where that person is a member of a couple, the other member of that couple; or

(b)

subject to paragraph (c), where that person is polygamously married to two or more members of that person’s household, any such member to whom that person is married; or

(c)

where that person is polygamously married and has an award of universal credit with the other party to the earliest marriage that still subsists, that other party to the earliest marriage;

“paternity leave” means a period of absence from work on leave by virtue of section 80A or 80B of the Employment Rights Act 1996 or on additional paternity leave by virtue of regulations made under section 80AA or 80BB of that Act(31);

“pension fund holder” means with respect to a personal pension scheme or an occupational pension scheme, the trustees, managers or scheme administrators, as the case may be, of the scheme concerned;

“pensionable age” has the meaning given by the rules in paragraph 1 of Schedule 4 to the Pensions Act 1995(32);

“pensioner” has the meaning given by regulation 3(a);

“person on income support” means a person in receipt of income support;

“person who is not a pensioner” has the meaning given by regulation 3(b);

“persons treated as not being in Great Britain” has the meaning given by regulation 26;

“personal independence payment” has the meaning given by Part 4 of the Welfare Reform Act 2012(33);

“personal pension scheme” means—

(a)

a personal pension scheme as defined by section 1 of the Pension Schemes Act 1993(34);

(b)

an annuity contract or trust scheme approved under section 620 or 621 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988(35) or a substituted contract within the meaning of section 622(3) of that Act which is treated as having become a registered pension scheme by virtue of paragraph 1(1)(f) of Schedule 36 to the Finance Act 2004(36);

(c)

a personal pension scheme approved under Chapter 4 of Part 14 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 which is treated as having become a registered pension scheme by virtue of paragraph 1(1)(g) of Schedule 36 to the Finance Act 2004;

“policy of life insurance” means any instrument by which the payment of money is assured on death (except death by accident only) or the happening of any contingency dependent on human life, or any instrument evidencing a contract which is subject to payment of premiums for a term dependent on human life;

“polygamous marriage” means any marriage to which regulation 5 applies;

“public authority” includes any person whose functions are functions of a public nature;

“qualifying age for state pension credit” means (in accordance with section 1(2)(b) and (6) of the State Pension Credit Act 2002)(37)—

(a)

in the case of a woman, pensionable age; or

(b)

in the case of a man, the age which is pensionable age in the case of a woman born on the same day as the man;

“qualifying contributory benefit” means—

(a)

severe disablement allowance;

(b)

incapacity benefit;

(c)

contributory employment and support allowance;

“qualifying income-related benefit” means—

(a)

income support;

(b)

income-based jobseeker’s allowance;

(c)

income-related employment and support allowance;

“qualifying person” means a person in respect of whom payment has been made from the Fund, the Eileen Trust, MFET Limited, the Skipton Fund, the Caxton Foundation or the London Bombings Relief Charitable Fund;

“reduction week” means a period of seven consecutive days beginning with a Monday and ending with a Sunday;

“relative” means a close relative, grandparent, grandchild, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece;

“relevant week”, in relation to any particular day, means the week within which the day in question falls;

“remunerative work” has the meaning given by regulation 10;

“rent” means “eligible rent” to which regulation 12 of the Housing Benefit (Persons who have acquired the qualifying age for state pension credit) Regulations 2006(38) refer, less any deductions in respect of non-dependants which fall to be made under paragraph 3 of Schedule 1 and paragraph 5 of Schedule 6 (non-dependant deductions) under an authority’s scheme;

“resident” has the meaning given by Part 1 of the 1992 Act;

“savings credit” is to be construed in accordance with sections 1 and 3 of the State Pension Credit Act 2002(39);

“scheme” means a council tax reduction scheme as prescribed within Parts 2 to 5.;

“second authority” means the authority to which a mover is liable to make payments for a new dwelling;

“self-employed earner” is to be construed in accordance with section 2(1)(b) of the SSCBA;

“self-employment route” means assistance in pursuing self-employed earner’s employment whilst participating in—

(a)

an employment zone programme;

(b)

a programme provided by or under arrangements made pursuant to section 2 of the Employment and Training Act 1973(40) (functions of the Secretary of State) or section 2 of the Enterprise and New Towns (Scotland) Act 1990(41) (functions in relation to training for employment, etc); or

(c)

the Employment, Skills and Enterprise Scheme;

“service user group” means a group of individuals that is consulted by or on behalf of—

(a)

a Health Board, Special Health Board or the Agency in consequence of a function under section 2B of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978(42),

(b)

a landlord authority in consequence of a function under section 105 of the Housing Act 1985(43),

(c)

a public authority in Northern Ireland in consequence of a function under section 149A of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995(44)

(d)

a public authority in consequence of a function under section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 (public authority general duty)(45),

(e)

a best value authority in consequence of a function under section 3 of the Local Government Act 1999(46),

(f)

a Welsh improvement authority in consequence of a function under section 5 of the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009(47));

(g)

a local authority landlord or registered social landlord in consequence of a function under section 53 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001(48)),

(h)

a relevant English body or a relevant Welsh body in consequence of a function under section 242 of the National Health Service Act 2006(49)),

(i)

a Local Health Board in consequence of a function under section 183 of the National Health Service (Wales) Act 2006(50),

(j)

the Care Quality Commission in exercise of a function under sections 4, 5, or 108 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008(51),

(k)

the regulator or a private registered provider of social housing in consequence of a function under sections 98, 193 or 196 of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008(52), or

(l)

a public or local authority in Great Britain in consequence of a function conferred under any other enactment,

for the purposes of monitoring and advising on a policy of that body or authority which affects or may affect persons in the group, or of monitoring or advising on services provided by that body or authority which are used (or may potentially be used) by those persons;

“single applicant” means an applicant who neither has a partner nor is a lone parent;

“the Skipton Fund” means the ex-gratia payment scheme administered by the Skipton Fund Limited, incorporated on 25th March 2004, for the benefit of certain persons suffering from hepatitis C and other persons eligible for payment in accordance with the scheme’s provisions;

“sports award” means an award made by one of the Sports Councils named in section 23(2) of the National Lottery etc Act 1993 out of sums allocated to it for distribution under that section(53);

“the SSCBA” means the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992(54);

“state pension credit” means state pension credit under the State Pension Credit Act 2002(55);

“student” has the meaning prescribed within paragraph 1 of Schedule 11;

“subsistence allowance” means an allowance which an employment zone contractor has agreed to pay to a person who is participating in an employment zone programme;

“tax year” means a period beginning with 6th April in one year and ending with 5th April in the next;

“training allowance” means an allowance (whether by way of periodical grants or otherwise) payable—

(a)

out of public funds by a Government department or by or on behalf of the Secretary of State, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Enterprise or Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Chief Executive of Skills Funding or the Welsh Ministers;

(b)

to a person for that person’s maintenance or in respect of a member of that person’s family; and

(c)

for the period, or part of the period, during which that person is following a course of training or instruction provided by, or in pursuance of arrangements made with, that department or approved by that department in relation to that person or so provided or approved by or on behalf of the Secretary of State, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Enterprise or Highlands and Islands Enterprise or the Welsh Ministers,

but it does not include an allowance paid by any Government department to or in respect of a person by reason of the fact that that person is following a course of full-time education, other than under arrangements made under section 2 of the Employment and Training Act 1973(56) or is training as a teacher;

the Trusts” means the Macfarlane Trust, the Macfarlane (Special Payments) Trust and the Macfarlane (Special Payments) (No 2) Trust;

“universal credit” has the meaning given by section 1 of the Welfare Reform Act 2012(57);

“voluntary organisation” means a body, other than a public or local authority, the activities of which are carried on otherwise than for profit;

“war disablement pension” means any retired pay or pension or allowance payable in respect of disablement under an instrument specified in section 639(2) of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003(58);

“war pension” means a war disablement pension, a war widow’s pension or a war widower’s pension;

“war widow’s pension” means any pension or allowance payable to a woman as a widow under an instrument specified in section 639(2) of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003 in respect of the death or disablement of any person;

“war widower’s pension” means any pension or allowance payable to a man as a widower or to a surviving civil partner under an instrument specified in section 639(2) of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003 in respect of the death or disablement of any person;

“water charges” means—

(a)

as respects England and Wales, any water and sewerage charges under Chapter 1 of Part 5 of the Water Industry Act 1991(59),

(b)

as respects Scotland, any water and sewerage charges established by Scottish Water under a charges scheme made under section 29A of the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002(60),

in so far as such charges are in respect of the dwelling which a person occupies as that person’s home;

“working tax credit” means a working tax credit under section 10 of the Tax Credits Act 2002(61);

“young person” means a person who falls within the definition of qualifying young person in section 142 of the SSCBA(62).

(2) In these Regulations, where an amount is to be rounded to the nearest penny, a fraction of a penny must be disregarded if it is less than half a penny and must otherwise be treated as a whole penny.

(3) For the purpose of these Regulations, a person is on an income-based jobseeker’s allowance on any day in respect of which an income-based jobseeker’s allowance is payable to that person and on any day—

(a)in respect of which that person satisfies the conditions for entitlement to an income-based jobseeker’s allowance but where the allowance is not paid because of a reduction in accordance with section 19 or 19A or regulations made under section 17A or 19B of the Jobseeker’s Act 1995(63) (circumstances in which jobseeker’s allowance is not payable);

(b)which is a waiting day for the purposes of paragraph 4 of Schedule 1 to that Act and which falls immediately before a day in respect of which an income-based jobseeker’s allowance is payable to that person or would be payable to that person but for section 19 or 19A or regulations made under section 17A or 19B of that Act; or

(c)in respect of which an income-based jobseeker’s allowance would be payable but for a restriction imposed pursuant to section 6B, 7, 8 or 9 of the Social Security Fraud Act 2001(64) (loss of benefit provisions).

(4) For the purposes of these Regulations, a person is on an income-related employment and support allowance on any day in respect of which an income-related employment and support allowance is payable to that person and on any day—

(a)in respect of which that person satisfies the conditions for entitlement to an income-related employment and support allowance but where the allowance is not paid in accordance with section 18 of the Welfare Reform Act 2007(65) (disqualification); or

(b)which is a waiting day for the purposes of paragraph 2 of Schedule 2 to that Act (employment and support allowance: supplementary provisions) and which falls immediately before a day in respect of which an income-related employment and support allowance is payable to that person or would be payable to that person but for section 18 of that Act.

(5) For the purposes of these Regulations, two persons must be taken to be estranged only if their estrangement constitutes a breakdown of the relationship between them.

(6) In these Regulations, references to any person in receipt of state pension credit includes a person who would be in receipt of state pension credit but for regulation 13 of the State Pension Credit Regulations 2002(66) (small amounts of state pension credit).

Meaning of “pensioner” and “person who is not a pensioner”

3.  In these Regulations a person is—

(a)a “pensioner” if—

(i)that person has attained the qualifying age for state pension credit; and

(ii)that person is not, or, if that person has a partner, that person’s partner is not—

(aa)a person on income support, on an income-based jobseeker’s allowance or on an income-related employment and support allowance, or

(bb)a person with an award of universal credit; and

(b)a “person who is not a pensioner” if—

(i)that person has not attained the qualifying age for state pension credit; or

(ii)that person has attained the qualifying age for state pension credit and that person, or if that person has a partner, that person’s partner, is—

(aa)a person on income support, on an income-based jobseeker’s allowance or on an income-related employment and support allowance, or

(bb)a person with an award of universal credit.

Meaning of “couple”

4.—(1) In these Regulations “couple” means—

(a)a man and woman who are married to each other and are members of the same household;

(b)a man and woman who are not married to each other but are living together as husband and wife;

(c)two people of the same sex who are civil partners of each other and are members of the same household; or

(d)two people of the same sex who are not civil partners of each other but are living together as if they were civil partners.

(2) Two people of the same sex who are not civil partners of each other are to be regarded as living together as if they were civil partners if, but only if, they would be regarded as living together as husband and wife were they instead two people of the opposite sex.

Polygamous marriages

5.—(1) This regulation applies to any case where—

(a)a person is a husband or wife by virtue of a marriage entered into under a law which permits polygamy; and

(b)either party to the marriage has for the time being any spouse additional to the other party.

(2) For the purposes of regulation 4 neither party to the marriage is to be taken to be a member of a couple.

Meaning of “family”

6.—(1) In these Regulations “family” means—

(a)a couple;

(b)a couple and a member of the same household for whom one of them is or both are responsible and who is a child or a young person; or

(c)a person who is not a member of a couple and a member of the same household for whom that person is responsible and who is a child or a young person.

(2) The references to a child or young person in sub-paragraph (1)(b) and (c) include a child or young person in respect of whom section 145A of the SSCBA(67) applies for the purposes of entitlement to child benefit, but only for the period prescribed under section 145A(1).

(3) The references to a young person in sub-paragraph (1)(b) and (c) do not include a young person who is—

(a)on income support, an income-based jobseeker’s allowance or an income-related employment and support allowance or has an award of universal credit; or

(b)a person to whom section 6 of the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000(68) (exclusion from benefits) applies.

Circumstances in which a person is to be treated as responsible or not responsible for another

7.—(1) A person is to be treated as responsible for a child or young person who is normally living with that person, including a child or young person to whom regulation 6(2) applies.

(2) Where a child or young person spends equal amounts of time in different households, or where there is a question as to which household the child or young person is living in, the child or young person must be treated for the purposes paragraph (1) as normally living with—

(a)the person who is receiving child benefit in respect of that child or young person, or

(b)if there is no such person—

(i)where only one claim for child benefit has been made in respect of that child or young person, the person who made that claim, or

(ii)in any other case the person who has the primary responsibility for that child or young person.

(3) For the purposes of these Regulations a child or young person is the responsibility of only one person in any reduction week and any person other than the one treated as responsible for the child or young person under this regulation is to be treated as not so responsible.

Households

8.—(1) Subject to sub-paragraphs (2) and (3), an applicant and any partner and, where the applicant or the applicant’s partner is treated (by virtue of regulation 7) as responsible for a child or young person, that child or young person and any child of that child or young person, are to be treated as members of the same household notwithstanding that any of them is temporarily absent from that household.

(2) A child or young person is not be treated as a member of the applicant’s household where that child or young person is—

(a)placed with the applicant or the applicant’s partner by a local authority under section 22C or 23(2)(a) of the Children Act 1989(69) or by a voluntary organisation under section 59(1)(a) of that Act, or in Scotland boarded out with the applicant or the applicant’s partner under a relevant enactment; or

(b)placed, or in Scotland boarded out, with the applicant or the applicant’s partner prior to adoption; or

(c)placed for adoption with the applicant or the applicant’s partner in accordance with the Adoption and Children Act 2002(70) or the Adoption Agencies (Scotland) Regulations 2009(71), or the Adoption (Northern Ireland) Order 1987(72).

(3) Subject to paragraph (4), paragraph (1) does not apply to a child or young person who is not living with the applicant and who—

(a)is being looked after by, or in Scotland is in the care of, a local authority under a relevant enactment; or

(b)has been placed, or in Scotland boarded out, with a person other than the applicant prior to adoption; or

(c)has been placed for adoption in accordance with the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or the Adoption Agencies (Scotland) Regulations 2009, or the Adoption (Northern Ireland) Order 1987.

(4) An authority must treat a child or young person to whom paragraph (3)(a) applies as being a member of the applicant’s household in any reduction week where—

(a)that child or young person lives with the applicant for part or all of that reduction week; and

(b)the authority considers that it is reasonable to do so taking into account the nature and frequency of that child’s or young person’s visits.

(5) In this paragraph “relevant enactment” means—

(a)the Army Act 1955(73);

(b)the Air Force Act 1955(74);

(c)the Naval Discipline Act 1957(75);

(d)the Matrimonial Proceedings (Children) Act 1958(76);

(e)the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968(77);

(f)the Family Law Reform Act 1969(78));

(g)the Children and Young Persons Act 1969(79));

(h)the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973(80));

(i)the Children Act 1975(81);

(j)the Domestic Proceedings and Magistrates' Courts Act 1978(82);

(k)the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007(83);

(l)the Family Law Act 1986(84);

(m)the Children Act 1989(85);

(n)the Children (Scotland) Act 1995(86);

(o)the Armed Forces Act 2006(87);and

(p)the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012(88).

Non-dependants

9.—(1) In these Regulations, “non-dependant” means any person, except someone to whom paragraph (2) applies, who normally resides with an applicant or with whom an applicant normally resides.

(2) This paragraph applies to—

(a)any member of the applicant’s family;

(b)if the applicant is polygamously married—

(i)where the applicant has (alone or jointly with the applicant’s partner) an award of universal credit, and—

(aa)party to such a marriage other than the applicant’s partner; and

(bb)any child or young person who is a member of the applicant’s household and for whom the applicant or the applicant’s partner or another party to the polygamous marriage is responsible; or

(ii)in any other case, any partner of the applicant and any child or young person who is a member of the applicant’s household and for whom the applicant or one of the applicant’s partners is responsible;

(c)a child or young person who is living with the applicant but who is not a member of the applicant’s household by virtue of regulation 8 (households);

(d)subject to paragraph (3), any person who, with the applicant, is jointly and severally liable to pay council tax in respect of a dwelling for any day under sections 6 or 7 of the 1992 Act(89) (persons liable to pay council tax);

(e)subject to paragraph (3), any person who is liable to make payments on a commercial basis to the applicant or the applicant’s partner in respect of the occupation of the dwelling;

(f)a person who lives with the applicant in order to care for the applicant or a partner of the applicant, and who is engaged by a charitable or voluntary organisation which makes a charge to the applicant or the applicant’s partner for the services provided by that person.

(3) Excepting persons to whom paragraphs (2)(a) to (c) and (f) refer, a person to whom any of the following paragraphs applies is a non-dependant—

(a)a person who resides with the person to whom that person is liable to make payments in respect of the dwelling and either—

(i)that person is a close relative of that person’s or that person’s partner; or

(ii)the tenancy or other agreement between them is other than on a commercial basis;

(b)a person whose liability to make payments in respect of the dwelling appears to the authority to have been created to take advantage of a council tax reduction scheme except someone who was, for any period within the eight weeks prior to the creation of the agreement giving rise to the liability to make such payments, otherwise liable to make payments of rent in respect of the same dwelling;

(c)a person who becomes jointly and severally liable with the applicant for council tax in respect of a dwelling and who was, at any time during the period of eight weeks prior to that person becoming so liable, a non-dependant of one or more of the other residents in that dwelling who are so liable for the tax, unless the change giving rise to the new liability was not made to take advantage of a council tax reduction scheme.

Remunerative work

10.—(1) Subject to the following provisions of this regulation, a person must be treated for the purposes of these Regulations as engaged in remunerative work if that person is engaged, or, where that person’s hours of work fluctuate, that person is engaged on average, for not less than 16 hours a week, in work for which payment is made or which is done in expectation of payment.

(2) Subject to paragraph (3), in determining the number of hours for which a person is engaged in work where that person’s hours of work fluctuate, regard must be had to the average of hours worked over—

(a)if there is a recognisable cycle of work, the period of one complete cycle (including, where the cycle involves periods in which the person does no work, those periods but disregarding any other absences);

(b)in any other case, the period of 5 weeks immediately prior to the date of application, or such other length of time as may, in the particular case, enable the person’s weekly average hours of work to be determined more accurately.

(3) Where, for the purposes of sub-paragraph (2)(a), a person’s recognisable cycle of work at a school, other educational establishment or other place of employment is one year and includes periods of school holidays or similar vacations during which that person does not work, those periods and any other periods not forming part of such holidays or vacations during which that person is not required to work must be disregarded in establishing the average hours for which that person is engaged in work.

(4) Where no recognisable cycle has been established in respect of a person’s work, regard must be had to the number of hours or, where those hours will fluctuate, the average of the hours, which that person is expected to work in a week.

(5) A person must be treated as engaged in remunerative work during any period for which that person is absent from work referred to in paragraph (1) if the absence is either without good cause or by reason of a recognised, customary or other holiday.

(6) A person on income support, an income-based jobseeker’s allowance or an income-related employment and support allowance for more than 3 days in any reduction week must be treated as not being in remunerative work in that week.

(7) A person must not be treated as engaged in remunerative work on any day on which that person is on maternity leave, paternity leave or adoption leave, or is absent from work because that person is ill.

(8) A person must not be treated as engaged in remunerative work on any day on which that person is engaged in an activity in respect of which—

(a)a sports award has been made, or is to be made, to that person; and

(b)no other payment is made or is expected to be made to that person..

PART 2Council tax reduction schemes

Schemes

11.  An authority in Wales is a specified authority for the purposes of section 13A(4)(a) of the 1992 Act.

Duty to make schemes and exercise of functions by authorities

12.—(1) Each authority in Wales must make a scheme specifying the reductions which are to apply to the amounts of council tax payable by persons to whom the scheme applies in respect of dwellings situated in its area.

(2) The function of making a scheme required by these Regulations is not to be the responsibility of an executive of an authority under executive arrangements.

(3) Section 101 of the Local Government Act 1972(90) (arrangements for discharge of functions by local authorities) does not apply with respect to the discharge of the function mentioned in paragraph (1).

(4) In this regulation, references to “executive” and “executive arrangements” have the same meaning given by Part 2 of the Local Government Act 2000(91) or an instrument made under that Part of that Act.

Financial year of schemes

13.  Each authority in Wales must make a scheme no later than the 31 January 2013, and the financial year to which that scheme is to relate is the year beginning 1 April 2013.

Scheme requirements in relation to classes of persons

14.  A scheme must—

(a)state the classes of persons who are to be entitled to a reduction;

(b)include those classes of persons prescribed in regulations 20 to 23;

(c)not include those classes of persons prescribed in regulations 26 to 29.

Scheme requirements in relation to reductions

15.—(1) A scheme must set out the reduction to which persons in each class are to be entitled.

(2) The classes of persons prescribed in regulations 20 to 23, are to be entitled under a scheme to the reductions prescribed in Part 3 of Schedule 1 (pensioners).

(3) The classes of persons prescribed in regulations 26 to 29, are to be entitled under a scheme to the reductions prescribed in Part 3 of Schedule 6 (persons who are not pensioners).

Scheme procedural requirements

16.  A scheme must state—

(1) the procedure by which a person may apply for a reduction under a scheme;

(2) the procedure by which a person may appeal against a decision of an authority with respect to—

(a)a person’s entitlement to a reduction under a scheme; or

(b)the amount of any reduction to which the person is entitled;

(3) the procedure by which a person may apply to an authority for a reduction under section 13A(1)(c) of the 1992 Act.

Notice requiring provision of information to the Welsh Ministers

17.—(1) The Welsh Ministers may serve a notice on an authority in Wales requiring it to supply to them such information as is specified in the notice and required by them for the purpose of exercising, or deciding whether to exercise, any function relating to schemes.

(2) The authority must supply the information required if it is in its possession or control, and must do so in such form and manner and at such time as specified in the notice.

(3) If an authority fails to comply with paragraph (2), the Welsh Ministers may exercise the function on the basis of such assumptions and estimates as they think fit.

(4) In exercising, or deciding whether to exercise, any function relating to schemes, the Welsh Ministers may also take into account any other available information, whatever its source and whether or not obtained under a provision contained in or made under these Regulations or any Act.

Supply of documents

18.  Subject to regulation 17, an authority may make a reasonable charge for the supply of copies of documents relating to its scheme.

PART 3Prescribed classes of person who must be included in an authority’s scheme

Classes of person who must be included in a scheme

19.  The classes of persons described in regulations 20 to 23 are classes of person prescribed for the purposes of paragraph 3(1)(a) of Schedule 1B of the 1992 Act(92) and who must be included in and entitled to a reduction under an authority’s scheme.

Class A: pensioners whose income is less than the applicable amount

20.  On any day class A consists of any person who is a pensioner—

(a)who is for that day liable to pay council tax in respect of a dwelling of which that person is a resident;

(b)who, subject to regulation 24 (periods of absence from a dwelling), is not absent from the dwelling throughout the day;

(c)in respect of whom a maximum council tax reduction amount can be calculated;

(d)who does not fall within a class of person prescribed in regulations 26 to 29 and excluded from entitlement under a scheme;

(e)whose income (if any) for the relevant week does not exceed that person’s applicable amount calculated in accordance with paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 (applicable amounts : pensioners); and

(f)who has made an application for a reduction under an authority’s scheme.

Class B: pensioners whose income is greater than the applicable amount

21.  On any day class B consists of any person who is a pensioner—

(a)who is for that day liable to pay council tax in respect of a dwelling of which that person is a resident;

(b)who, subject to regulation 24 (periods of absence from a dwelling), is not absent from the dwelling throughout the day;

(c)in respect of whom a maximum council tax reduction amount can be calculated;

(d)who does not fall within a class of person prescribed in regulations 26 to 29 and excluded from entitlement under a scheme;

(e)whose income for the relevant week is greater than that person’s applicable amount calculated in accordance with paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 (applicable amounts : pensioners);

(f)in respect of whom amount A exceeds amount B where—

(i)amount A is the maximum council tax reduction in respect of the day in the applicant’s case; and

(ii)amount B is 2 6/7 per cent of the difference between that person’s income for the relevant week and that person’s applicable amount; and

(g)who has made an application for a reduction under an authority’s scheme.

Class C: persons who are not pensioners whose income is less than the applicable amount

22.  On any day class C consists of any person who is not a pensioner—

(a)who is for that day liable to pay council tax in respect of a dwelling of which that person is a resident;

(b)who, subject to regulation 24 (periods of absence from a dwelling), is not absent from the dwelling throughout the day;

(c)in respect of whom a maximum council tax reduction amount can be calculated;

(d)who does not fall within a class of person prescribed in regulations 26 to 29 and excluded from entitlement under a scheme;

(e)whose income (if any) for the relevant week is less than that person’s applicable amount calculated in accordance with paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 6 and Schedule 7 (applicable amounts : persons who are not pensioners); and

(f)who has made an application for a reduction under an authority’s scheme.

Class D: persons who are not pensioners whose income is greater than the applicable amount

23.  On any day class D consists of any person who is not a pensioner—

(a)who is for that day liable to pay council tax in respect of a dwelling of which that person is a resident;

(b)who, subject to regulation 24 (periods of absence from a dwelling), is not absent from the dwelling throughout the day;

(c)in respect of whom a maximum council tax reduction amount can be calculated;

(d)who does not fall within a class of person prescribed in regulations 26 to 29 and excluded from entitlement under a scheme;

(e)whose income (if any) for the relevant week is less than that person’s applicable amount calculated in accordance with paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 6 and Schedule 7 (applicable amounts : persons who are not pensioners);

(f)in respect of whom amount A exceeds amount B where—

(i)amount A is the maximum council tax reduction in that person’s case; and

(ii)amount B is 2 6/7 per cent of the difference between that person’s income for the relevant week and that person’s applicable amount; and

(g)who has made an application for a reduction under an authority’s scheme.

Periods of absence from a dwelling

24.—(1) A person is not absent from a dwelling in relation to any day which falls within a period of temporary absence from that dwelling.

(2) In paragraph (1), a “period of temporary absence” means—

(a)a period of absence not exceeding 13 weeks, beginning with the first whole day on which a person resides in residential accommodation where and for so long as—

(i)that person resides in that accommodation;

(ii)the part of the dwelling in which that person usually resides is not let or sub-let; and

(iii)that period of absence does not form part of a longer period of absence from the dwelling of more than 52 weeks,

where that person has entered the accommodation for the purpose of ascertaining whether it suits the person’s needs and with the intention of returning to the dwelling if it proves not to suit the person’s needs;

(b)a period of absence not exceeding 13 weeks, beginning with the first whole day of absence from the dwelling, where and for so long as—

(i)the person intends to return to the dwelling;

(ii)the part of the dwelling in which that person usually resides is not let or sub-let; and

(iii)that period is unlikely to exceed 13 weeks; and

(c)a period of absence not exceeding 52 weeks, beginning with the first whole day of that absence, where and for so long as—

(i)the person intends to return to the dwelling;

(ii)the part of the dwelling in which the person usually resides is not let or sub-let;

(iii)the person is a person to whom paragraph (3) applies; and

(iv)the period of absence is unlikely to exceed 52 weeks or, in exceptional circumstances, is unlikely substantially to exceed that period.

(3) This paragraph applies to a person who—

(a)is detained in custody on remand pending trial or required, as a condition of bail, to reside—

(i)in a dwelling, other than the dwelling referred to in subparagraph (1); or

(ii)in premises approved under section 13 of the Offender Management Act 2007(93);

or is detained in custody pending sentence upon conviction;

(b)is resident in a hospital or similar institution as a patient;

(c)is undergoing, or whose partner or dependent child is undergoing, in the United Kingdom or elsewhere, medical treatment, or medically approved convalescence, in accommodation other than residential accommodation;

(d)is following, in the United Kingdom or elsewhere, a training course;

(e)is undertaking medically approved care of a person residing in the United Kingdom or elsewhere;

(f)is undertaking the care of a child whose parent or guardian is temporarily absent from the dwelling normally occupied by that parent or guardian for the purpose of receiving medically approved care or medical treatment;

(g)is in the United Kingdom or elsewhere, receiving medically approved care provided in accommodation other than residential accommodation;

(h)is a student;

(i)is receiving care provided in residential accommodation and is not a person to whom paragraph 2(a) applies; or

(j)has left the dwelling the person resides in through fear of violence, in that dwelling, or by a person who was formerly a member of the family of that person .

(4) This paragraph applies to a person who is—

(a)detained in custody pending sentence upon conviction or under a sentence imposed by a court (other than a person who is detained in hospital under the provisions of the Mental Health Act 1983(94), or, in Scotland, under the provisions of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003(95) or the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995)(96) or in Northern Ireland under Article 4 or 12 of the Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order 1986(97); and

(b)on temporary release from detention in accordance with Rules made under the provisions of the Prison Act 1952(98) or the Prisons (Scotland) Act 1989(99).

(5) Where paragraph (4) applies to a person, then, for any day when that person is on temporary release—

(a)if such temporary release was immediately preceded by a period of temporary absence under sub-paragraph (2)(b) or (c), that person is to be treated, for the purposes of paragraph (1), as if that person continues to be absent from the dwelling, despite any return to the dwelling;

(b)for the purposes of sub-paragraph (3)(a), that person is to be treated as if that person remains in detention;

(c)if that person does not fall within sub-paragraph (a), that person is not to be considered to be a person who is liable to pay council tax in respect of a dwelling of which that person is a resident.

(6) In this regulation—

“medically approved” means certified by a medical practitioner;

“patient” means a person who is undergoing medical or other treatment as an in-patient in any hospital or similar institution;

“residential accommodation” means accommodation which is provided in—

(a)

a care home;

(b)

an independent hospital;

(c)

an Abbeyfield Home; or

(d)

an establishment managed or provided by a body incorporated by Royal Charter or constituted by Act of Parliament other than a local social services authority;

“training course” means a course of training or instruction provided wholly or partly by or on behalf of or in pursuance of arrangements made with, or approved by or on behalf of, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, a government department, the Welsh Ministers or the Secretary of State.

PART 4Prescribed classes of person who must not be included in an authority’s scheme

Classes of person who must not be included in a scheme

25.  The classes of persons described in regulations 26 to 29 are classes of person prescribed for the purposes of paragraph 3(1)(b) of Schedule 1B of the 1992 Act(100) and who must not be included in nor entitled to a reduction under an authority’s scheme.

Persons treated as not being in Great Britain

26.—(1) The class of person described in this regulation consists of any person treated as not being in Great Britain.

(2) Except where a person falls within paragraph (5) or (6), a person is to be treated as not being in Great Britain if the person is not habitually resident in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland.

(3) A person must not be treated as habitually resident in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland unless the person has a right to reside in one of those places.

(4) For the purposes of paragraph (3), a right to reside does not include a right which exists by virtue of, or in accordance with—

(a)regulation 13 of the EEA Regulations or Article 6 of Council Directive 2004/38/EC(101); or

(b)regulation 15A(1) of the EEA Regulations, but only in a case where the right exists under that regulation because the applicant satisfies the criteria in paragraph (4A) of that regulation or Article 20 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (in a case where the right to reside arises because a British citizen would otherwise be deprived of the genuine enjoyment of their rights as a European Union citizen) (102).

(5) A person falls within this paragraph if the person is—

(a)a qualified person for the purposes of regulation 6 of the EEA Regulations as a worker or a self-employed person;

(b)a family member of a person referred to in sub-paragraph (a) within the meaning of regulation 7(1)(a), (b) or (c) of the EEA Regulations;

(c)a person who has a right to reside permanently in the United Kingdom by virtue of regulation 15(1)(c), (d) or (e) of the EEA Regulations;

(d)a person recorded by the Secretary of State as a refugee within the definition in Article 1 of the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees adopted at Geneva on 28 July 1951, as extended by Article 1(2) of the Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees adopted at New York on 31 January 1967;

(e)a person granted limited leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom outside the provisions of the rules made under section 3(2) of the Immigration Act 1971(103) on the rejection of their claim for asylum;

(f)a person who has humanitarian protection granted under those rules; or

(g)a person who is not a person subject to immigration control within the meaning of section 115(9) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999(104) and who is in the United Kingdom as a result of the person’s deportation, expulsion or other removal by compulsion of law from another country to the United Kingdom.

(6) A person falls within this sub-paragraph if the person is a Crown servant or member of Her Majesty’s forces posted overseas.

(7) A person mentioned in sub-paragraph (6) is posted overseas if the person is performing oversees the duties of a Crown servant or member of Her Majesty’s forces and was, immediately before the posting or the first of consecutive postings, habitually resident in the United Kingdom.

(8) In this regulation—

  • “claim for asylum” has the same meaning as in section 94(1) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999(105);

  • “EEA Regulations” means the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006(106).

Persons subject to immigration control

27.—(1) The class of person described in this regulation consists of any person who is subject to immigration control.

(2) “Person subject to immigration control” has the meaning given in section 115(9) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

Persons whose capital exceeds £16,000

28.—(1) The class of person described in this regulation consists of any person whose capital exceeds £16,000.

(2) Capital for the purposes of paragraph (1) is to be calculated in accordance with Schedule 1 (pensioners) or Schedule 6 (persons who are not pensioners).

Students

29.—(1) The class of person described in this regulation consists of any person who is a student.

(2) In this regulation “student” has the meaning given by paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 11.

(3) Schedule 11, which contains matters that must be included in a scheme in respect of students has effect.

PART 5Other matters that must be included in an authority’s scheme

Provision for pensioners

30.—(1) A scheme must make provision in respect of the classes of persons referred to regulations 20 and 21 (classes A and B).

(2) Schedules 1 to 5, which contain matters that must be included in a scheme in respect of those classes of person, have effect.

(3) For the purposes of this regulation, the provisions in paragraph 33 of Schedule 1 (duration of extended reduction period) are minimum requirements.

Provision for persons who are not pensioners

31.—(1) A scheme must make provision in respect of the classes of persons referred to in regulations 22 and 23 respectively (classes C and D).

(2) Schedules 6 to 10, which contain matters that must be included in a scheme in respect of those classes of person, have effect.

(3) For the purposes of this regulation, the provisions in paragraphs 35 (duration of extended reduction period) and 40 (duration of extended reduction period (qualifying contributory benefits)) of Schedule 6 are minimum requirements.

Provision for pensioners and persons who are not pensioners

32.—(1) A scheme must include the provisions set out within Schedules 12 to 14.

(2) The provisions mentioned in paragraph (1) must apply to all applications for a council tax reduction unless otherwise provided.

(3) Schedules 12 to 14, which contain matters that must be included in a scheme in respect of all applicants for a council tax reduction, unless otherwise provided, have effect.

(4) For the purposes of this regulation, the provisions in paragraphs 3 and 4 of Schedule 13 (backdating) and paragraph 9 of Schedule 13 (notification of decisions) and Schedule 14 (notifications) are minimum requirements.

(5) For the purposes of this regulation, the amount to be disregarded in accordance with paragraph 1(a) and (b) of Schedule 4 (amounts to be disregarded for war disablement pension, war widow’s pension and war widower’s pension: pensioners) and paragraph 20(a) and (b) of Schedule 9 (amounts to be disregarded for war disablement pension, war widow’s pension and war widower’s pension; persons who are not pensioners) is a minimum amount.

Carl Sargeant

Minister for Local Government and Communities, one of the Welsh Ministers

19 December 2012

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