Reply To: Hospital down-rating from October

chris harvey

An old thread but I am puzzled over the rules for single pensioner claimants. For non pension claims the applicable amount is reduced to a set figure – £19.35. The pension credit regs as amended by SI 2003/1195 say that where a claimant has no partner the applicable amount shall be reduced by an amount equal to 20% of the weekly rate of the basic pension (the standard deduction). I take this to mean we reduce the applicable amount by the standard deduction BUT the Pension Credit handbook part 2 at para 164 states that the applicable amount is reduced to the standard deduction.
The misc amendment regs just released don’t amend this bit of the regs so I am assuming the handbook is wrong or am I misreading the regulations?