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The Social Security Administration (Fraud) (Northern Ireland) Order 1997

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Enforcement of directionsN.I.

9.  After section 128D of the Administration Act (inserted by Article 8) insert—

Information about attainment of standards.

128E.(1) Where directions have been given to the Housing Executive under section 128D(3) above, the Department may require the Executive to supply to it any information which the Department considers may assist it in deciding—

(a)whether the Executive has attained the standards which it has been directed to attain; or

(b)whether the Executive is likely to attain those standards within the time specified in the directions.

(2) Information shall be supplied under subsection (1) above in such manner and form as the Department may require.

Enforcement notices.

128F.(1) Where directions have been given to the Housing Executive under section 128D(3) above and the Department—

(a)is not satisfied that the Executive has attained the standards which it has been directed to attain; or

(b)is not satisfied that the Executive is likely to attain those standards within the time specified in the directions,

the Department may serve on the Executive a written notice under this section.

(2) The notice shall—

(a)identify the directions and state why the Department is not satisfied as mentioned in paragraph (a) or (b) of subsection (1) above; and

(b)require the Housing Executive to submit a written response to the Department within a time specified in the notice.

(3) If any person (other than the Housing Executive) carrying out work relating to the administration of housing benefit may be affected by any determination which may be made under section 128G below, the Executive shall—

(a)consult that person before submitting its response; and

(b)include in its response any relevant observations made by that person.

(4) The Housing Executive's response shall either—

(a)state that the Executive has attained the standards, or is likely to attain them within the time specified in the directions, and justify that statement; or

(b)state that the Executive has not attained the standards, or is not likely to attain them within that time, and (if the Executive wishes) give reasons why a determination under section 128G below should not be made or should not include any particular provision.

(5) The notice may relate to any one or more matters covered by the directions.

(6) The serving of a notice under this section relating to any directions or matter does not prevent the serving of further notices under this section relating to the same directions or matter.

Enforcement determinations.

128G.(1) Where, after the time specified in the notice under section 128F above has expired, the Department—

(a)is not satisfied that the Housing Executive has attained the standards in question; or

(b)is not satisfied that the Executive is likely to attain those standards within the time specified in the directions,

the Department may make a determination under this section.

(2) The determination may be made whether or not the Housing Executive has responded to the notice under section 128F above.

(3) The determination shall be designed to secure the attainment of the standards in question and—

(a)shall include provision such as is specified in subsection (4) below; and

(b)may also include provision such as is specified in subsection (5) below.

(4) The provision referred to in paragraph (a) of subsection (3) above is provision that the Housing Executive must comply with specified requirements as to inviting, preparing, considering and accepting bids to carry out any work which—

(a)falls to be carried out in pursuance of the Executive's functions relating to the administration of housing benefit; and

(b)is of a description specified in the determination.

(5) The provision referred to in paragraph (b) of that subsection is provision of any one or more of the following kinds relating to the work, or any specified category of the work, to which the determination relates—

(a)provision that it may not be carried out by the Housing Executive;

(b)provision that it may not be carried out by any person (other than the Executive) who has been carrying it out; and

(c)provision that any contract made by the Executive with any person for carrying it out shall include terms requiring a level of performance which will secure, or contribute to securing, the attainment of the standards in question.

Enforcement determinations: supplementary.

128H.(1) The provisions included in a determination under section 128G above shall take effect from a date specified in the determination; and different dates may be specified in relation to different provisions.

(2) The making of a determination under section 128G above in relation to any directions does not prevent the making of further determinations under that section in relation to the same directions.

(3) The provision included in a determination by virtue of section 1286(3) above may include—

(a)requirements that the Department be satisfied as to any specified matter; and

(b)requirements that the Department authorise or consent to any specified matter.

(4) The provision so included may also include provision as to the time at which any contract for the carrying out of work to which the determination relates (and which is not previously discharged) is to be taken to be frustrated by the determination.

(5) A determination under section 128G above shall have effect in spite of any statutory provision under or by virtue of which the Housing Executive is required or authorised to carry out any work to which the determination relates..

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