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The Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and Northern Ireland National Insurance Fund Payments) Order (Northern Ireland) 1995

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1.—(1) This order may be cited as the Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and Northern Ireland National Insurance Fund Payments) Order (Northern Ireland) 1995 and shall come into operation on 6th April 1995.

(2) In this order “the Act” means the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992(1).

(3) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(2) shall apply to this order as it applies to a Measure of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Weekly earnings and percentage rate figures for secondary earnings brackets

2.  In section 9(3) of the Act(3) (secondary earnings brackets and appropriate percentage rates)—

(a)for the weekly earnings figure £99.99 and the percentage rate figure 3.6, specified in respect of Bracket 1, there shall be substituted respectively the figures £104.99 and 3;

(b)for the weekly earnings figures £100.00 and £144.99 and the percentage rate figure 5.6, specified in respect of Bracket 2,. there shall be substituted respectively the figures £105.00, £149.99 and 5;

(c)for the weekly earnings figures £145.00 and £199.99 and the percentage rate figure 7.6, specified in respect of Bracket 3, there shall be substituted respectively the figures £150.00, £204.99 and 7;

(d)for the weekly earnings figure £200.00 specified in respect of Bracket 4, there shall be substituted the figure £205.00.

Rate of, and small earnings exception from, Class 2 contributions

3.  In section 11 of the Act(4) (Class 2 contributions)—

(a)in subsection (1) (weekly rate) for “£5.65” there shall be substituted “£5.75”;

(b)in subsection (4) (small earnings exception) for “£3,200” there shall be substituted “£3,260”.

Amount of Class 3 contributions

4.  In section 13(1) of the Act(5) (amount of Class 3 contributions) for “£5.55” there shall be substituted “£5.65”.

Lower and upper limits for Class 4 contributions

5.  In sections 15(3) and 18(1) of the Act(6) (Class 4 contributions recoverable under the Income Tax Acts and under regulations)—

(a)for “£6,490” (lower limit) wherever it appears there shall be substituted in each of those sections “£6,640”;

(b)for “£22,360” (upper limit) there shall be substituted in each of those sections “£22,880”.

Prescribed percentage of estimated benefit expenditure

6.  Article 4(3) of the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1993 shall have effect with respect to the tax year 1995-96 and the prescribed percentage of estimated benefit expenditure for the financial year ending in that tax year shall be 10 per cent.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Health and Social Services for Northern Ireland on

L.S.

W. G. Purdy

Assistant Secretary

8th March 1995.

The Department of Finance and Personnel hereby consents to Article 6 of the foregoing order.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Finance and Personnel on

L.S.

D. Thomson

Assistant Secretary

8th March 1995.

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