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101.—(1) Regulations may provide for a benefit cap to be applied to the welfare benefits to which a single person or couple is entitled.

(2) For the purposes of this Article, applying a benefit cap to welfare benefits means securing that, where a single person's or couple's total entitlement to welfare benefits in respect of the reference period exceeds the relevant amount, their entitlement to welfare benefits in respect of any period of the same duration as the reference period is reduced by an amount up to or equalling the excess.

(3) In paragraph (2) the “reference period” means a period of a prescribed duration.

(4) Regulations under this Article may in particular—

(a)make provision as to the manner in which total entitlement to welfare benefits for any period, or the amount of any reduction, is to be determined;

(b)make provision as to the welfare benefit or benefits from which a reduction is to be made;

(c)provide for exceptions to the application of the benefit cap;

(d)make provision as to the intervals at which the benefit cap is to be applied;

(e)make provision as to the relationship between application of the benefit cap and any other reduction in respect of a welfare benefit;

(f)provide that where in consequence of a change in the relevant amount, entitlement to a welfare benefit increases or decreases, that increase or decrease has effect without any further decision of the Department;

(g)make supplementary and consequential provision.

[F1(5) Regulations under this Article may make provision for determining the “relevant amount” for the reference period applicable in the case of a single person or couple by reference to the annual limit applicable in the case of that single person or couple.

(5A) For the purposes of this Article the “annual limit” is £20,000 or £13,400.

(5B) Regulations under paragraph (5) may—

(a)specify which annual limit applies in the case of—

(i)different prescribed descriptions of single person;

(ii)different prescribed descriptions of couple;

(b)provide for the rounding up or down of an amount produced by dividing the amount of the annual limit by the number of periods of a duration equal to the reference period in a year.]

F2(6) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(7) In this Article—

couple” means two persons of a prescribed description;

F3...

single person” means a person who is not a member of a couple;

welfare benefit[F4means—

(a)

bereavement allowance (see section 39B of the Contributions and Benefits Act),

(b)

child benefit (see section 137 of the Contributions and Benefits Act),

(c)

child tax credit (see section 1(1)(a) of the Tax Credits Act 2002),

(d)

employment and support allowance (see section 1 of the Welfare Reform Act (Northern Ireland) 2007), including income-related employment and support allowance (as defined in subsection (7) of that section),

(e)

housing benefit (see section 129 of the Contributions and Benefits Act),

(f)

incapacity benefit (see section 30A of the Contributions and Benefits Act),

(g)

income support (see section 123 of the Contributions and Benefits Act),

(h)

jobseeker's allowance (see Article 3 of the Jobseekers Order), including income-based jobseeker's allowance (as defined in paragraph (4) of that Article),

(i)

maternity allowance under section 35 or 35B of the Contributions and Benefits Act 1992,

(j)

severe disablement allowance (see section 68 of the Contributions and Benefits Act),

(k)

universal credit,

(l)

widow's pension (see section 38 of the Contributions and Benefits Act 1992),

(m)

widowed mother's allowance (see section 37 of the Contributions and Benefits Act), or

(n)

widowed parent's allowance (see section 39A of the Contributions and Benefits Act).]

F5(8) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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F1Art. 101(5)-(5B) substituted for art. 101(5) (13.10.2016 for specified purposes, 7.11.2016 in so far as not already in operation) by The Welfare Reform and Work (Northern Ireland) Order 2016 (S.I. 2016/999), arts. 2(2)(b), 5(2); S.R. 2016/374, art. 2

F2Art. 101(6) omitted (13.10.2016 for specified purposes, 7.11.2016 in so far as not already in operation) by virtue of The Welfare Reform and Work (Northern Ireland) Order 2016 (S.I. 2016/999), arts. 2(2)(b), 5(3); S.R. 2016/374, art. 2

F3Words in art. 101(7) omitted (13.10.2016 for specified purposes, 7.11.2016 in so far as not already in operation) by virtue of The Welfare Reform and Work (Northern Ireland) Order 2016 (S.I. 2016/999), arts. 2(2)(b), 5(3); S.R. 2016/374, art. 2

F4Words in art. 101(7) substituted (13.10.2016 for specified purposes, 7.11.2016 in so far as not already in operation) by The Welfare Reform and Work (Northern Ireland) Order 2016 (S.I. 2016/999), arts. 2(2)(b), 5(4); S.R. 2016/374, art. 2

F5Art. 101(8) omitted (13.10.2016 for specified purposes, 7.11.2016 in so far as not already in operation) by virtue of The Welfare Reform and Work (Northern Ireland) Order 2016 (S.I. 2016/999), arts. 2(2)(b), 5(5); S.R. 2016/374, art. 2

Commencement Information

I1Art. 101 in operation at 17.2.2016 by S.R. 2016/46, art. 3(4)(a)

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