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1.1.P.230 Primary carer


A person is a primary carer of a child on a day if the child is in the person's care and the person meets the child's physical needs more than anyone else.

Only one person can be a child's primary carer on a particular day.

A person is not the primary carer of a child on a day if, before that day, the child has died.

The PPL rules operate so that a person may remain eligible for PLP while they are no longer the child's 'primary carer' in special circumstances.

Act reference: PPLAct section 6 The Dictionary, section 47 When a person is the primary carer of a child

PPL Rules

Policy reference: PPL Guide 2.2.5 Who is a primary carer for PLP?

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