These regulations, which come into force on 31 October 2016, are made under the Social Security Act 1964 (the Act). They amend the Social Security (Income and Cash Assets Exemptions) Regulations 2011. The amendment inserts new Part 1AA relating to lump sum payments, made on or after 1 November 2016, of arrears of accommodation supplement. The definition of income in section 3(1) of the Act excludes (see paragraph (f)(i) of that definition) any benefit received under the Act. However, new Part 1AA ensures that, on and after 1 November 2016, but only for the first 12 months after the payments are made,—
income derived from the payments is not income for the purposes of the Act; and
the payments are not cash assets for the purposes of the Act.