Voluntary / Charitable payments and SX3

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  • #20153
    Stalbansbenefits
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    Apologies if this has been raised before, but am I right in thinking:

    1) From the 06/10/03 Voluntary / Charitable payments are completely disregarded for pensioners; and

    2) ‘I-World’ is still only allowing the £20.00 p.w. disregard?

    I cannot see anything in the SX3 release notes about voluntary payments…

    #2253
    Anonymous
    Guest

    I’m new to all this!
    Did you get a useful response to this?
    I work for a national charity which helps elderly people and I am trying to establish that our charitable payments should definitely be disregarded when eligibility for pension credit, housing benefit and council tax benefit is being assessed.
    I believe they should be disregarded, and would be interested to hear what you have come up with on this.
    Rgrds,
    Gill

    #2254
    Mark
    Participant

    Charitable and voluntary payments are definitely disregarded in HB, CTB and PC – but only if the claimant or any partner is aged 60 or over. This is because they are no longer defined as income. As far as the original question goes – since they are not income I suggest that you just don’t type them in on your computer!

    #2255
    Stalbansbenefits
    Participant

    We had hoped SX3 would be clever enough to re-assess all existing claims from pensioners with voluntary payments to completely disregard them. Unfortunately, it didn’t…!

    We had to manually identify all these claims and remove the income accordingly. I just wonder whether all authorities on SX3 have done this?

    #2256
    Anonymous
    Guest

    We haven’t yet!

    Have SX3 given you any indication whether they will be releasing a script to identify and/or correct these cases?

    Anything to save work!!

    Cheers,

    Keith

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