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4.1.9 Deprivation disregarded

Deprivation disregarded

Under hardship provisions, deprivation provisions CAN be disregarded in limited circumstances.

For hardship provisions to apply the person MUST be receiving a:

  • a social security pension, OR
  • a social security benefit.

Assessing hardship is discussed in 4.6.7.

Act reference: SSAct section 23(1)-'social security benefit', section 23(1)-'social security pension', section 1129 Access to financial hardship rules-pensions, section 1131 Access to financial hardship rules-benefits

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