Social Welfare and Pensions Act 2007

14.

Qualified adult increase — direct payment.

14.— The Principal Act is amended—

( a) in section 112, by inserting the following after subsection (1):

“(1A) The amount of the increase of pension referred to in subsection (1), in respect of any claim for State pension (contributory) made after 24 September 2007, shall be paid—

( a) directly to the qualified adult concerned, or

( b) to such other person as may be nominated by the qualified adult for the purpose of receiving the increase of pension referred to in subsection (1) on behalf of the qualified adult.

(1B) Where a beneficiary ceases to be entitled to State pension (contributory) the payment to a qualified adult of the increase of pension referred to in subsection (1) shall also cease.”,

( b) in section 113, by inserting the following after subsection (5):

“(6) The amount of the increase of pension referred to in subsection (5)( a), in respect of any claim for pension under this section made after 24 September 2007, shall be paid—

( a) directly to the qualified adult concerned, or

( b) to such other person as may be nominated by the qualified adult for the purpose of receiving the increase of pension referred to in subsection (5)( a) on behalf of the qualified adult.

(7) Where a beneficiary ceases to be entitled to a pension under this section the payment to a qualified adult of the increase of pension referred to in subsection (5)( a) shall also cease.”,

( c) in section 117, by inserting the following after subsection (1):

“(1A) The amount of the increase of pension referred to in subsection (1), in respect of any claim for State pension (transition) made after 24 September 2007, shall be paid—

( a) directly to the qualified adult concerned, or

( b) to such other person as may be nominated by the qualified adult for the purpose of receiving the increase of pension referred to in subsection (1) on behalf of the qualified adult.

(1B) Where a beneficiary ceases to be entitled to State pension (transition) the payment to a qualified adult of the increase of pension referred to in subsection (1) shall also cease.”,

( d) in section 157(1), by inserting the following after subsection (2):

“(3) The amount of the increase of pension referred to in subsection (1)( a), in respect of any claim for State pension (non-contributory) made after 24 September 2007, shall be paid—

( a) directly to the spouse concerned, or

( b) to such other person as may be nominated by the spouse for the purpose of receiving the increase of pension referred to in subsection (1)( a) on behalf of the spouse.

(4) Where a beneficiary ceases to be entitled to State pension (non-contributory) the payment to a spouse of the increase of pension referred to in subsection (1)( a) shall also cease.”,

and

( e) by inserting the following section before section 334, but in Part 11:

Interpretation (Part 11).

333A.— (1) In this section ‘relevant sections’ means sections 334(1)( a), 335, 336, 337, 338, 339, 341(9) and 342.

(2) For the purposes of this Part—

( a) references in the relevant sections to ‘benefit’ shall be read as including a payment under section 112(1A), 113(6) or 117(1A) as appropriate, and

( b) references in the relevant sections to ‘assistance’ shall be read as including a payment under section 157(3).”.