A recipient to whom a social security pension or benefit is payable is receiving a social security pension or benefit. Unless the following exception applies, this does not include a period when the rate is nil.
Exception: A recipient who is in an employment income nil rate period is taken to be receiving a social security pension or benefit for the purposes of remaining qualified for some supplementary benefits.
The table below lists the FA payments and the supplementary benefits that may be payable when an individual is receiving a social security pension or benefit. If more detail is required, the second column indicates where you will find this.
|FA payments||More detail|
|FTB Part A - non-income tested||FA Guide 184.108.40.206 Calculating a rate of FTB - overview|
|CCS - non-income tested||FA Guide 3.5 CCS entitlement|
|Supplementary benefits||More detail|
|3.8.18 APWS - qualification & payability|
|Language, literacy and numeracy supplement||3.8.11 LLNS - qualification & payability|
|Pensioner education supplement||220.127.116.11 Qualification for PES|
|Telephone allowance||18.104.22.168 TAL - qualification & payability|
|RA - A person with a partner who is in the employment income nil rate period is treated for RA purposes as though the partner were still receiving their social security pension or benefit.||22.214.171.124 Qualification for RA, 126.96.36.199 Special RA rules for couples & families with children|
|Effect on partner income test. For the purposes of applying the allowance income test to their partner, have their partner treated as if both members of the couple are receiving a social security pension or benefit.|
Act reference: SSAct section 23(2) For the purposes of this Act (other than section 735), a person is taken to be receiving …, section 23(4A) Despite subsection (4) …, section 23(4AA) For the purposes of subsection (4A) …, section 1070 When this Part applies (RA)
FAAct section 3(1) Definitions
Policy reference: SS Guide 3.1.12 Employment income nil rate period