18.104.22.168 Partnered Recipients - Payment Delivery
Generally, recipients with partners (1.1.P.85) will have their entitlement periods (1.1.E.125) aligned. The principle for this is to ensure that, as far as possible, changes in circumstances affect each of the couple from the same point in time. This makes changes in rates easier to explain to recipients.
However, due to current processing requirements of financial institutions, recipients on different payments may have different payment delivery days (1.1.D.55) although their entitlement periods are aligned. Payment delivery days are ALWAYS weekdays.
Payment delivery days for members of a couple are described in the following table.
|Recipient Payment||Partner Payment||Delivery days after end of Entitlement Period|
|Pension or PP||Pension or PP||Both - 2 working days|
|Pension or PP||Benefit other than PPP||Pension - 2 working days
Benefit - next working day
|Benefit other than PPP||Pension or PP||Benefit - next working day
Pension - 2 working days
|Pension or PP||Family assistance||Both - 2 working days|
|Pension or PP||Carer allowance||Both - 2 working days|
|Benefit other than PPP||Family assistance||Benefit - next working day
Family assistance - 2 working days
|Benefit other than PPP||Carer allowance||Benefit - next working day
CA - 2 working days
|Benefit other than PPP||Benefit other than PPP||Both - next working day|
Exception: Where a recipient or a recipient couple are in receipt of a social security pension or benefit (other than PPP) as well as a family payment and/or CA, they may choose to have their entitlement periods for these later payments offset into the alternate week.
Act reference: SSAct section 23(1)-'social security pension', section 23(1)-'social security benefit'
Policy reference: SS Guide 22.214.171.124 Alignment of an Entitlement Period for Partnered Recipients, 126.96.36.199 Recipients who Receive Multiple Payments, 188.8.131.52 Timing of Payment Delivery, 184.108.40.206 'Offset' Family Assistance & Carer Allowance Payments
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