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SCHEDULE 8SFUNERAL EXPENSE ASSISTANCE REGULATIONS

(introduced by section 34)

This schedule has no associated Explanatory Notes

PART 1 SELIGIBILITY

CHAPTER 1SELIGIBILITY IS TO DEPEND ON BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR FUNERAL EXPENSES

1(1)The regulations must be framed so that an individual's eligibility for funeral expense assistance depends on the individual having met, or being responsible for meeting, the expenses of a funeral.S

(2)The regulations are to define “funeral” for the purpose of determining entitlement to funeral expense assistance.

Commencement Information

I1Sch. 8 para. 1 in force at 11.9.2019 by S.S.I. 2019/269, reg. 2(c)

CHAPTER 2SFURTHER CRITERIA

Location of the funeralS

2SThe regulations may make an individual's eligibility depend on where the funeral takes place.

Commencement Information

I2Sch. 8 para. 2 in force at 11.9.2019 by S.S.I. 2019/269, reg. 2(c)

Relationship with the deceasedS

3SThe regulations may make an individual's eligibility depend on the individual—

(a)being related to the deceased person, or

(b)having a relationship of a kind described in the regulations with the deceased person immediately before the death.

Commencement Information

I3Sch. 8 para. 3 in force at 11.9.2019 by S.S.I. 2019/269, reg. 2(c)

Value of deceased's estateS

4SThe regulations may make an individual's eligibility depend on the value of the deceased person's estate being below a level specified in the regulations.

Commencement Information

I4Sch. 8 para. 4 in force at 11.9.2019 by S.S.I. 2019/269, reg. 2(c)

Residence and presenceS

5SThe regulations may make an individual's eligibility depend on either or both—

(a)the individual being resident and present in a particular place,

(b)the deceased person having been resident and present in a particular place at the date of death.

Commencement Information

I5Sch. 8 para. 5 in force at 11.9.2019 by S.S.I. 2019/269, reg. 2(c)

Financial circumstancesS

6SThe regulations may make an individual's eligibility depend on the individual's financial circumstances.

Commencement Information

I6Sch. 8 para. 6 in force at 11.9.2019 by S.S.I. 2019/269, reg. 2(c)

Receipt of, or eligibility for, other types of State assistanceS

7SThe regulations may make an individual's eligibility depend on either or both the individual and, immediately before dying, the deceased person—

(a)being, or not being, in receipt of another type of assistance (whether under this Act or another enactment),

(b)being, or not being, eligible or entitled to receive such assistance.

Commencement Information

I7Sch. 8 para. 7 in force at 11.9.2019 by S.S.I. 2019/269, reg. 2(c)

Application within specified periodS

8SThe regulations may provide that an individual ceases to be eligible in respect of a funeral unless, by a deadline specified in the regulations—

(a)the individual has applied for funeral expense assistance in respect of the funeral, or

(b)the Scottish Ministers have become required to make a determination of the individual's entitlement to funeral expense assistance in respect of the funeral by regulations under section 52.

Commencement Information

I8Sch. 8 para. 8 in force at 11.9.2019 by S.S.I. 2019/269, reg. 2(c)

PART 2 SASSISTANCE TO BE GIVEN

9SThe regulations may specify items of expense in relation to which funeral expense assistance will, or will not, be given.

Commencement Information

I9Sch. 8 para. 9 in force at 11.9.2019 by S.S.I. 2019/269, reg. 2(c)

10SThe regulations may set a limit on the value of the funeral expense assistance that will be given in relation to items of expense.

Commencement Information

I10Sch. 8 para. 10 in force at 11.9.2019 by S.S.I. 2019/269, reg. 2(c)

11SThe regulations may set a limit on the total value of the funeral expense assistance that will be given.

Commencement Information

I11Sch. 8 para. 11 in force at 11.9.2019 by S.S.I. 2019/269, reg. 2(c)

12SThe regulations may provide for the amount of funeral expense assistance that will be given to be reduced to reflect the availability of other funds that may be used to meet, or help to meet, any of the expenses.

Commencement Information

I12Sch. 8 para. 12 in force at 11.9.2019 by S.S.I. 2019/269, reg. 2(c)

Restriction on giving assistance in a form other than moneyS

13(1)The regulations may allow funeral expense assistance to be given to an individual in a form other than money only if the individual (or a person acting on the individual's behalf) has agreed to the assistance being given in that form.S

(2)If the regulations include provision of the kind mentioned in sub-paragraph (1), they must allow an individual (or a person acting on the individual's behalf) to withdraw agreement to being given funeral expense assistance in a form other than money at any time.

Commencement Information

I13Sch. 8 para. 13 in force at 11.9.2019 by S.S.I. 2019/269, reg. 2(c)

PART 3 SFINAL PROVISIONS

Generality of enabling power unaffectedS

14SNothing in this schedule, apart from the following provisions, is to be taken to limit what may be prescribed in the regulations—

(a)Chapter 1 of Part 1,

(b)paragraph 13 in Part 2.

Commencement Information

I14Sch. 8 para. 14 in force at 11.9.2019 by S.S.I. 2019/269, reg. 2(c)

InterpretationS

15SIn this schedule—

  • deceased person” means the person in respect of whose funeral assistance is sought,

  • eligibility” means eligibility for funeral expense assistance and “eligible” means eligible for funeral expense assistance,

  • the regulations” means regulations under section 34(2).

Commencement Information

I15Sch. 8 para. 15 in force at 11.9.2019 by S.S.I. 2019/269, reg. 2(c)

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