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1.1.S.450 Surviving parent (DOP)


For the purposes of DOP, a surviving parent is a parent who is still alive. DOP is payable if one parent is dead and the surviving parent is:

  • serving a prison sentence of at least 10 years
  • indefinitely residing in a psychiatric hospital
  • residing in a nursing home (1.1.N.140) or similar institution indefinitely, or
  • uncontactable for some reason.
    • Explanation: Their whereabouts are unknown.

Act reference: SSAct section 5(1)-'parent', section 996 Long-term prisoner, section 997 Patient on a long-term basis, section 998 Person uncontactable

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