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Volume 86: debated on Thursday 14 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he expects to lay regulations concerning the treatment for supplementary benefit purposes of income received by students from their parents through covenants.

We have today laid before Parliament the Supplementary Benefit (Resources) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 1985 which, subject to the approval of Parliament, will come into effect on 2 December so as to provide that income paid to a student under a deed of covenant (including the tax repayment) shall be ignored where it represents the assessed parental contribution to the grant or, in the case of a student without a grant, the equivalent of the maximum ordinary maintenance grant appropriate to his course. Any excess payments will be taken into account over 52 weeks, subject to a £4 weekly disregard.