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17.—(1) In this Act—

  • “the 1998 Order” means the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1998 (NI 10);

  • “the Administration Act” means the Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 (c. 8);

  • “appropriate minimum guarantee” shall be construed in accordance with section 2(3);

  • “assessed income period” shall be construed in accordance with sections 6 and 9;

  • “capital” shall be construed in accordance with section 15;

  • “claimant” means a claimant for state pension credit;

  • “the Contributions and Benefits Act” means the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 (c. 7);

  • [F1“couple” means—

    (a)

    a man and woman who are married to each other and are members of the same household;

    (b)

    a man and woman who are not married to each other but are living together as husband and wife otherwise than in prescribed circumstances;

    (c)

    two people of the same sex who are civil partners of each other and are members of the same household; or

    (d)

    two people of the same sex who are not civil partners of each other but are living together as if they were civil partners otherwise than in prescribed circumstances;]

  • “the Department” means the Department for Social Development;

  • “earnings” has the same meaning as in Parts I to V of the Contributions and Benefits Act (see sections 3(1) and 112, and the definition of “employment” in section 121(1), of that Act);

  • “element”, in relation to the claimant's retirement provision, shall be construed in accordance with section 7(6);

  • “entitled”, in relation to state pension credit, shall be construed in accordance with—

    (a)

    this Act;

    (b)

    section 1 of the Administration Act (entitlement to benefit dependent on claim); and

    (c)

    Article 27 of the 1998 Order (restrictions on entitlement to benefit in certain cases of error),

    (and, in relation to any other benefit within the meaning of section 1 of the Administration Act or Article 27 of the 1998 Order, in accordance with that section or that Article or (as the case may be) both that section and that Article in addition to any other conditions relating to that benefit);

  • “foreign social security benefit” means any benefit, allowance or other payment which is paid under the law of a country outside the United Kingdom and is in the nature of social security;

  • “foreign war disablement pension” means any retired pay, pension, allowance or similar payment granted by the government of a country outside the United Kingdom—

    (a)

    in respect of disablement arising from forces' service or war injury; or

    (b)

    corresponding in nature to any retired pay or pension to which[F2 section 641 of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003] applies;

  • “foreign war widow's or widower's pension” means any pension, allowance or similar payment granted to a[F1 widow, widower or surviving civil partner] by the government of a country outside the United Kingdom—

    (a)

    in respect of a death due to forces' service or war injury; or

    (b)

    corresponding in nature to a pension or allowance for a[F1 widow, widower or surviving civil partner] under any scheme mentioned in[F2 section 641(1)(e) or (f) of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003];

  • “guarantee credit” shall be construed in accordance with sections 1 and 2;

  • “income” shall be construed in accordance with section 15;

  • Definition rep. by 2004 c. 33

  • “occupational pension scheme” has the meaning given by section 1 of the Pension Schemes Act;

  • “pensionable age” has the meaning given by the rules in paragraph 1 of Schedule 2 to the Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 (NI 22) (equalisation of pensionable ages for men and women);

  • “the Pension Schemes Act” means the Pension Schemes (Northern Ireland) Act 1993 (c. 49);

  • “personal pension scheme” means a personal pension scheme—

    (a)

    as defined in section 1 of the Pension Schemes Act; or

    (b)

    as defined in section 1 of the Pension Schemes Act 1993 (c. 48);

  • [F3PPF periodic payments” means—

    (a)

    any periodic compensation payments made in relation to a person, payable under the pension compensation provisions as specified in Article 146(2) of the Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 or section 162(2) of the Pensions Act 2004 (the pension compensation provisions); or

    (b)

    any periodic payments made in relation to a person, payable under Article 150 of the Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 or section 166 of the Pensions Act 2004 (duty to pay scheme benefits unpaid at assessment date etc.);]

  • “prescribed” means specified in, or determined in accordance with, regulations;

  • “the qualifying age” has the meaning given by section 1(6);

  • “regulations” means regulations made by the Department;

  • “retirement pension income” shall be construed in accordance with section 16;

  • “retirement provision” shall be construed in accordance with section 7(6);

  • “savings credit” shall be construed in accordance with sections 1 and 3;

  • “social security benefits” means benefits payable under the enactments relating to social security in any part of the United Kingdom;

  • “standard minimum guarantee” shall be construed in accordance with section 2(3) to (5) and (9);

  • “statutory provision” has the meaning assigned to it by section 1(f) of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954 (c. 33);

  • Definition rep. by 2004 c. 33

  • “war disablement pension” means—

    (a)

    any retired pay, pension or allowance granted in respect of disablement under powers conferred by or under—

    (i)

    the Air Force (Constitution) Act 1917 (c. 51);

    (ii)

    the Personal Injuries (Emergency Provisions) Act 1939 (c. 82);

    (iii)

    the Pensions (Navy, Army, Air Force and Mercantile Marine) Act 1939 (c. 83);

    (iv)

    the Polish Resettlement Act 1947 (c. 19); or

    (v)

    Part VII or section 151 of the Reserve Forces Act 1980 (c. 9); or

    (b)

    without prejudice to paragraph (a), any retired pay or pension to which[F2 any of paragraphs (a) to (f) of section 641(1) of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003] applies;

  • “war widow's or widower's pension” means—

    (a)

    [F1any widow's, widower's or surviving civil partner's] pension or allowance granted in respect of a death due to service or war injury and payable by virtue of any enactment mentioned in paragraph (a) of the definition of “war disablement pension”; or

    (b)

    a pension or allowance for a[F1 widow, widower or surviving civil partner] granted under any scheme mentioned in[F2 section 641(1)(e) or (f) of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003];

  • “working tax credit” means a working tax credit under the Tax Credits Act 2002 (c. 21) to which a person is entitled whether alone or jointly with another.

[F1(1A) For the purposes of this Act, two people of the same sex are to be regarded as living together as if they were civil partners if, but only if, they would be regarded as living together as husband and wife were they instead two people of the opposite sex.]

(2) Regulations may make provision for the purposes of this Act—

(a)as to circumstances in which persons are to be treated as being or not being members of the same household;

(b)as to circumstances in which persons are to be treated as being or not being severely disabled.

(3) The following provisions of the Contributions and Benefits Act, namely—

(a)section 168 (references to Northern Ireland or United Kingdom to include reference to adjacent territorial waters, etc.), and

(b)section 169 (meaning of attaining an age, etc.),

shall apply for the purposes of this Act as they apply for the purposes of that Act.

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F3S. 17(1): definition of "PPF periodic payments" inserted (14.2.2006) by S.R. 2006/37, art. 2, Sch. para. 3(3)

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