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1.1.R.170 Rent increased pension (RA)
For the purposes of RA, a rent increased pension is a social security pension or service pension where the rate has been increased to take account of rent paid. This means that RA has been added to the rate.
SSAct Part 3.7 details the general provisions relating to payability and rates for RA.
Act reference:SSAct section 23(1)-'social security pension', section 23(1)-'service pension', Part 3.7 Rent assistance, section 1070W Partner with a rent increased pension
Policy reference: SS Guide 188.8.131.52 RA - current rates
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