Social Security Act 2018

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8 Determinations person is single or in de facto relationship

(1)

This section applies to a decision by MSD so far as the decision does all or any of the following:

(a)

determines (that is, grants, or refuses to grant, on any basis) an application for a benefit:

(b)

reviews (and suspends, cancels, or varies, from a date determined by MSD) a benefit already granted:

(c)

determines the rate of benefit (from a date, or dates, determined by MSD):

(d)

grants, or refuses to grant, on any basis, a payment of a funeral grant (see section 90):

(e)

grants or refuses to grant, on any basis, a payment under an approved special assistance programme.

(2)

MSD may make a determination to regard as single, for the purposes of the decision, an applicant or a beneficiary who is married or in a civil union with the applicant’s or beneficiary’s spouse or partner, but—

(a)

is living apart from the applicant’s or beneficiary’s spouse or partner; and

(b)

is not in a de facto relationship.

(3)

A determination under subsection (2) may include a date, determined by MSD, on which the spouses or partners must be taken for the purposes of the decision to have commenced to live apart.

(4)

MSD may make a determination to regard as a party to a de facto relationship, for the purposes of the decision, any 2 people who, not being legally married or in a civil union, have entered into a de facto relationship.

(5)

A determination under subsection (4), for the purposes of the decision, may include either or both of the following dates:

(a)

a date, determined by MSD, on which the 2 people must be taken as having entered into the de facto relationship:

(b)

a date, determined by MSD, on which the de facto relationship of the 2 people must be taken to have ended.

(6)

Every determination under this section also applies for the purposes of every debt-recovery or offence provision in or under this Act.

Compare: 1964 No 136 s 63