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4.9 Income streams
This chapter contains information on the various income streams (1.1.I.70) which affect an income support recipient's payments and their means test assessment. It includes tables of life expectancy, tables of pension valuation factors and payment factors.
Income streams can be either asset-tested (1.1.A.304) or asset-test exempt (1.1.A.306). Refer to the definitions of these income streams to find the criteria for different types of income streams.
Policy reference: SS Guide 18.104.22.168 Income stream, 1.1.A.304 Asset-tested income streams (long term, lifetime, short term), 1.1.A.306 Asset-test exempt income streams
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