1.1.P.205 Permanent & temporary hardship

Usage

These definitions apply to social security pension payments and social security benefit payments and are ONLY to be used when applying hardship provisions.

Act reference: SSAct section 23(1)-'social security pension', section 23(1)-'social security benefit'

Definition: permanent hardship

Permanent hardship means that the income support recipient's financial situation is unlikely to improve in the foreseeable future.

Definition: temporary hardship

Temporary hardship means that the income support recipient's financial situation is likely to improve in the foreseeable future.

Policy reference: SS Guide 4.6.7 Asset Hardship Rules

Last reviewed: 15 August 2016