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4.7.1 Every dependant is potentially entitled to receive some part of the lump sum


The lump sum payable has to be distributed among wholly dependent (if any) and partly dependent dependants of the deceased employee. Therefore, while subsection 17(8) requires determining authorities to 'have regard to any losses suffered by those dependants as a result of the cessation of the employee's earnings', it merely creates an obligation on the determining authority to consider each dependant (whether wholly or partially dependent on the employee) in apportioning the lump sum in the manner prescribed by subsection 17(8). In assessing a dependant's share of the lump sum, the determining authority could conclude that a 'zero' share is appropriate, given the actual level of financial dependence of the dependant.