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N.I.

Statutory Instruments

1988 No. 594 (N.I. 2)

The Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1988

23rd March 1988

IntroductoryN.I.

Title, citation and commencementN.I.

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1988.

(2) Articles 3 to 12 (including Schedules 1 to 3), and this Article, Article 2 and Articles 15 to 17 (including Schedules 4 and 5) so far as they have effect for the purposes of Articles 3 to 12, may be cited together with the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Acts 1975 to 1986 and the Social Fund (Maternity and Funeral Expenses) (Northern Ireland) Order 1987F1 as the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Acts 1975 to 1988.

(3) Subject to paragraph (4), this Order shall come into operation on such day or days as the Head of the Department may by order appointF2.

(4) The following provisions of this Order shall come into operation on 1st April 1988—

  • this Article and Article 2;

  • F3...

  • Article 16(2), so far as it relates to—

    (a)

    sections 45, 45A, 46, 47B and 66 of the principal Act;

    (b)

    Schedule 1 to the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1980F4; and

    (c)

    Article 15(4)(a) of the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1985F5;

  • Article 17.

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F11987 NI 8

F2partly excercised by SR 1988/126, 254, 380

F41980 NI 8

F51985 NI 16

InterpretationN.I.

2.—(1) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954F6 shall apply to Article 1 and the following provisions of this Order as it applies to a Measure of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

(2) In this Order—

“the Department” means the Department of Health and Social Services;

“the 1986 Order” means the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1986F7;

“the Pensions Order” means the Social Security Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1975F8;

“the principal Act” means the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Act 1975F9;

“statutory provision” has the meaning assigned to it by section 1(f) of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954F10.

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F71986 NI 18

F81975 NI 15

N.I.

Arts. 3‐9 rep. by 1992 c. 9

Art. 10 rep. by 1993 c. 49

Arts. 11, 12 rep. by 1992 c. 9

Welfare foodsN.I.

[F11Benefits under schemes for improving nutrition: pregnant women, mothers and childrenN.I.

13.(1) Regulations may establish one or more schemes to provide benefits for prescribed descriptions of—

(a)pregnant women,

(b)mothers, and

(c)children,

with a view to helping and encouraging them to have access to, and to incorporate in their diets, food of a prescribed description.

(2) A scheme may, in particular, specify requirements that must be satisfied—

(a)before a person may become entitled to a benefit;

(b)for a beneficiary to remain entitled to a continuing benefit.

(3) A scheme may also include provision—

(d)for a benefit to consist of food of a prescribed description being provided by—

(i)a person who supplies, or arranges for the supply of, food of that description for beneficiaries under the scheme;

(ii)a person providing a service (such as day care) for the recipient of the benefit; or

(iii)a health service body;

(e)for the use of vouchers, or similar arrangements, in connection with the provision of benefits;

(f)that a person taking part in the scheme, otherwise than as a beneficiary, must be registered under the scheme;

(g)for the payment by the Department of sums to persons registered in accordance with a provision of a kind mentioned in sub-paragraph (c), in respect of things provided or done by them in accordance with the scheme;

(h)for the making of payments to such persons entitled to receive benefits as may be determined by or under the scheme;

(i)for the delegation, in accordance with provisions of the scheme, of prescribed functions under the scheme;

(j)for the scheme, or prescribed provisions of the scheme, to be administered on behalf of the Department by such health service body, or other description of body, as may be prescribed;

(k)requiring prescribed categories of persons to take reasonable steps to provide—

(i)to a person authorised for the purpose in accordance with the scheme,

(ii)on production, if required, of evidence of his authority, such information or evidence as may be reasonably needed in connection with administering the scheme.

(4) Provision of a kind mentioned in paragraph (3)(h) may, in particular—

(a)require information or evidence to be provided in a legible form;

(b)authorise the taking of copies or making of extracts;

(c)require an explanation by the information provider of anything which he has provided;

(d)require an information provider to state, to the best of his knowledge and belief, where information or evidence that he has failed to provide is held.

(5) The Department may give such directions—

(a)to a body administering a scheme (or part of a scheme),

(b)in relation to matters relating to the operation of the scheme (or that part of the scheme),

as the Department considers appropriate.

(6) A scheme may direct that prescribed statutory provisions relating to the administration of benefit under the Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 (c. 8) (including provisions relating to offences and criminal proceedings) are to have effect for the purpose of administering the scheme subject to such modifications (if any) as may be prescribed.

(7) Section 166(1) of the Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 (confirmatory procedure) shall apply to the first set of regulations made under paragraph (1).

(8) In this Article—

“benefit”, in relation to a scheme, means a benefit under that scheme;

“children” has such meaning as may be prescribed;

“food” includes vitamins, minerals and other dietary supplements;

“health service body” has such meaning as may be prescribed;

“information provider” means the person who is required to provide information or, where that person is a body corporate, any person who is, or at any time has been, an officer or employee of the body corporate;

“pregnant” includes recently pregnant;

“scheme” means a scheme made under this Article;

“women” includes persons under the age of 18.]

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Modifications etc. (not altering text)

Health serviceN.I.

Payment of travelling expenses, etc., and remission of chargesN.I.

14.—(1) In Article 45 of the Health and Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1972F12 (travelling expenses of patients, etc.)—

(a)in paragraph (a) (person availing himself of prescribed services), after the words “any person” there shall be inserted the words “ of a prescribed description ”; and

(b)in paragraph (c) (visiting relative), after the words “any relative” there shall be inserted the words “ being a person of a prescribed description, ”; and

(c)at the end of paragraph (c) there shall be added the following paragraph—

(2) Paragraph 1B of Schedule 15 (powers to prescribe descriptions of persons) shall have effect in relation to paragraph (1) as it has effect in relation to paragraph 1(b) of that Schedule. .

(2) In Schedule 15 to the Health and Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1972F13 (charges in respect of certain services, and other related matters)—

(a)in paragraph 1(b) (remission or repayment of charges) for the words from “any such prescribed charge” to “classes of persons” there shall be substituted the words “ such charges in respect of persons of such descriptions ”;

(b)after paragraph 1A there shall be inserted the following paragraph—

1B.(1) Descriptions of persons may be prescribed for the purposes of paragraph 1(b) by reference to any criterion and, without prejudice to the generality of this sub‐paragraph, by reference to any of the following criteria—

(a)their age;

(b)the fact that a prescribed person or a prescribed body accepts them as suffering from a prescribed medical condition;

(c)the fact that a prescribed person or a prescribed body accepts that a prescribed medical condition from which they suffer arose in prescribed circumstances;

(d)their receipt of benefit in money or in kind under any transferred provision or their entitlement to receive any such benefit;

(e)the receipt of any such benefit by other persons satisfying prescribed conditions or the entitlement of other persons satisfying prescribed conditions to receive such benefits; and

(f)the relationship, as calculated in accordance with the regulations by a prescribed person, between their resources and their requirements.

(2) Regulations under this paragraph may direct how a person's resources and requirements are to be calculated and, without prejudice to the generality of this sub‐paragraph, may direct that they shall be calculated—

(a)by a method set out in the regulations; or

(b)by a method described by reference to a method of calculating or estimating income or capital specified in a transferred provision other than this paragraph or by reference to such a method but subject to prescribed modifications; or

(c)by reference to an amount applicable for the purposes of a payment under a transferred provision; or

(d)by reference to the person's being or having been entitled to payment under a transferred provision.

(3) Regulations under this paragraph which refer to a transferred provision may direct that the reference is to be construed as a reference to that provision—

(a)as it has effect at the time when the regulations are made; or

(b)both as it has effect at that time and as amended subsequently..

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F121972 NI 14

F131972 NI 14

General and supplementaryN.I.

Financial provisionN.I.

15.  There shall be paid out of the Northern Ireland National Insurance Fund into the Consolidated Fund, at such times and in such manner as the Department of Finance and Personnel may direct, such sums as the Department may estimate (in accordance with any directions given by the Department of Finance and Personnel) to be the amount of the administrative expenses incurred by the Department under[F14 Article 10]F14, excluding any category of expenses which the Department of Finance and Personnel may direct, or any statutory provision may require, to be excluded from the Department's estimate under this Article.

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[F15Regulations and orders, etc.N.I.

15A.(1) [F16Section 171(2) to (5) of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992]F16 (regulations and orders: general provisions) shall apply in relation to any power conferred by any provision of this Order to make orders or regulations under this Order as they apply in relation to any power conferred by that Act to make orders or regulations, but as if for references to that Act there were substituted references to this Order.

(2) Regulations and orders made under this Order, other thanF17... orders under Article 1(3)[F18 and the regulations which Article 13(7) applies], shall be subject to negative resolution.

(3) In this Order—

“prescribe” means prescribe by regulations; and

“regulations” means regulations made under this Order by the Department.F15]

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F151990 NI 15

Minor and consequential amendments and repealsN.I.

  • 16.  Para. (1) rep. by 1992 c. 9

  • Para. (2)—Repeals

Transitional and consequential provisions and savingsN.I.

17.—(1) The Department may by regulationsF19... make—

(a)such transitional provision;

(b)such consequential provision; or

(c)such savings,

as the Department considers necessary or expedient in preparation for or in connection with the coming into operation of any provision of this Order or the operation of any statutory provision which is repealed or amended by a provision of this Order during any period when the repeal or amendment is not wholly in operation.

(2) Regulations under paragraph (1) may make modifications of any statutory provision (including this Order); and in this paragraph “modifications” includes additions, omissions and amendments.

Para. (3) rep. by 1990 NI 15

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F191990 NI 15

N.I.

Schedule 1 rep. by 1992 c. 9

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Schedule 2 rep. by 1992 c. 9; 1993 c. 49

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Schedules 3, 4 rep. by 1992 c. 9

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Schedule 5—Repeals

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