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The Social Security(Northern Ireland) Order 1989

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Housing benefit grant

17.  In Article 31 of the 1986 Order for paragraph (4) (conditions for payment of grant) there shall be substituted the following paragraphs—

(4) A grant under this Article shall be payable by the Department at such time and in such manner as the Department may think fit.

(5) Unless the Department otherwise determines, a grant under this Article shall not be payable until the Executive has made a claim for it in such form as the Department may determine.

(6) The Department may withhold from the Executive so much of any grant under this Article as it thinks fit until either—

(a)the Executive has supplied it with prescribed particulars relating to its claim for a grant and complied with prescribed conditions as to records, certificates, audit or otherwise; or

(b)the Department is satisfied that there is a good reason for the Executive’s failure to supply those particulars or comply with those conditions.

(7) If the Executive fails to make a claim for a grant within such period as the Department considers reasonable, it may withhold from the Executive such part of the grant as it thinks fit for so long as it thinks fit.

(8) Where the amount of the grant paid to the Executive for any year is found to be incorrect, the amount payable to it for any subsequent year may be adjusted for the purpose of rectifying that mistake in whole or in part..

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