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The Council Tax Reduction Schemes (Prescribed Requirements and Default Scheme) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2018

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Amendments to the Council Tax Reduction Schemes and Prescribed Requirements (Wales) Regulations 2013

4.  In Schedule 1 (determining eligibility for a reduction: pensioners)—

(a)in paragraph 3 (non-dependant deductions: pensioners)—

(i)in sub-paragraph (1)(a) for “£12.70” substitute “ £13.10”;

(ii)in sub-paragraph (1)(b) for “£4.20” substitute “£4.35”;

(iii)in sub-paragraph (2)(a) for “£200.00” substitute “£205.00”;

(iv)in sub-paragraph (2)(b) for “£200.00”, “£346.00” and “£8.40” substitute “£205.00”, “£355.00” and “£8.70” respectively;

(v)in sub-paragraph (2)(c) for “£346.00”, “£430.00” and “£10.60” substitute “£355.00”, “£440.00” and “£10.95” respectively;

(vi)in sub-paragraph (8)(a) after “income related employment and support allowance” insert “and where the non-dependent is not a member of the work-related activity group”;

(vii)for sub-paragraph (9) substitute—

(9) In the application of sub-paragraph (2) there is to be disregarded from the non-dependant’s weekly gross income—

(a)any attendance allowance, disability living allowance, personal independence payment or AFIP received by the non-dependant;

(b)any payment made under or by a trust, established for the purpose of giving relief and assistance to disabled persons whose disabilities were caused by the fact that during their mother’s pregnancy she had taken a preparation containing the drug known as Thalidomide, and which is approved by the Secretary of State.;

(b)in paragraph 10(1) (meaning of “income”: pensioners)—

(i)for paragraph (j)(xiii) substitute—

(xiii)bereavement support payment under section 30 of the Pensions Act 2014(1);;

(ii)for paragraph (m) substitute—

(m)a pension paid by a government to victims of National Socialist persecution;;

(c)in paragraph 11 (calculation of weekly income: pensioners)—

(i)in sub-paragraph (3A)—

(aa)in paragraph (a) for “regardless of whether those earnings were actually received in that reduction week” substitute “regardless of when those earnings were actually received”;

(bb)for paragraphs (b) and (c) substitute—

(b)in the case of an application or a reduction under a scheme where the applicant commences employment, the day on which the applicant commences that employment, and the first day of each reduction week thereafter, regardless of when those earnings were actually received; or

(c)in the case of an application or a reduction under a scheme where the applicant’s average weekly earnings from employment change, the day on which the applicant’s earnings change, so as to require recalculation under this paragraph, and the first day of each reduction week thereafter, regardless of when those earnings were actually received.;

(ii)in sub-paragraph (4A)—

(aa)in paragraph (a) for “regardless of whether those earnings were actually received in that reduction week” substitute “regardless of when those earnings were actually received”;”;

(bb)for paragraphs (b) and (c) substitute—

(b)in the case of an application or a reduction under a scheme where the applicant commences employment, the day on which the applicant commences that employment, and the first day of each reduction week thereafter, regardless of when those earnings were actually received; or

(c)in the case of an application or a reduction under a scheme where the applicant’s average weekly earnings from employment change, the day on which the applicant’s earnings from employment change and the first day of each reduction week thereafter, regardless of when those earnings were actually received.;

(d)in paragraph 19 (treatment of child care charges: pensioners)—

(i)for sub-paragraph (8)(l) substitute—

(1) by a person who is employed, or engaged under a contract for services, to provide care and support by the provider of a domiciliary support service, within the meaning of Part 1 of the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016;;

(ii)in sub-paragraph (11)(c) after “having limited capability for work” the first time it appears, insert “or the other member of the couple would be a member of the work-related activity group”.

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