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The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 1996

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Part IISocial Security Benefits and Pensions

Increase in rates or amounts of certain benefits under the Contributions and Benefits Act

3.—(1) The sums specified in paragraph (2) below shall be increased from and including the respective dates specified in Article 6 below so as to have effect as set out in Schedule 1 to this Order.

(2) The sums mentioned in paragraph (1) above are the sums specified in Parts I, III, IV and V of Schedule 4 to the Contributions and Benefits Act (contributory periodical benefits, non-contributory periodical benefits, increases for dependants and rate of industrial injuries benefit, respectively), except in Part III the sum specified for age addition to a pension of any category, and otherwise under section 79 of that Act.

Increase in rates or amounts of certain pensions or allowances under the Contributions and Benefits Act

4.—(1) The sums specified in paragraphs (2), (3) and (4) below shall be increased from and including the respective dates specified in Article 6 below.

(2) The sums falling to be calculated under paragraph 13(4) of Schedule 7 to the Contributions and Benefits Act (calculation of weekly rate of retirement allowance) shall be increased by 3.9 per cent. of their amount apart from this Order.

(3) In section 44(4) of the Contributions and Benefits Act(1) (basic pension of Category A retirement pension)—

(a)for “£56·45” there shall be substituted “£58·65”; and

(b)for “£58·85” there shall be substituted “£61·15”.

(4) It is hereby directed that the sums which are—

(a)the additional pensions in the rates of long-term benefits calculated by reference to any final relevant year earlier than the tax year 1995/1996;

(b)the increases in the rates of retirement pensions under Schedule 5 to the Contributions and Benefits Act(2) (increase of pension where entitlement is deferred); and

(c)payable to a pensioner as part of his Category A or Category B retirement pension by virtue of an order made under section 120 of the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Act 1975(3) or Article 64 of the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1986(4),

shall in each case be increased by 3.9 per cent. of their amount apart from this Order.

Increase in rates or amounts of certain benefits under the Pension Schemes Act

5.—(1) The sums specified in paragraph (2) below shall be increased from and including the respective dates specified in Article 6 below.

(2) Sums which are payable by virtue of section 11(1) of the Pension Schemes Act (increase of guaranteed minimum where commencement of guaranteed minimum pension is postponed) to a person who is also entitled to a Category A or Category B retirement pension (including sums payable by virtue of section 13(2) and (3) of that Act), shall be increased by—

(a)3.9 per cent. of their amount apart from this Order where the increase under section 11(1) is attributable to earnings factors for the tax year 1987/1988 and earlier tax years; and

(b)0.9 per cent. of their amount apart from this Order where the increase under section 11(1) is attributable to earnings factors for the tax year 1988/1989 and subsequent tax years(5).

Dates on which sums specified for rates or amounts of benefit under the Contributions and Benefits Act or the Pension Schemes Act are increased by this Order

6.—(1) Paragraphs (2) to (9) of this Article, which are subject to the provisions of paragraph (10) below, specify the date on which the increases made by this Order in the sums specified for rates or amounts of benefit under the Contributions and Benefits Act or the Pension Schemes Act shall take effect for each case.

(2) Subject to paragraph (3) below, the increases in the sums specified in Articles 3, 4 and 11 of this Order for the rates of Category A or Category B retirement pension and graduated retirement benefit together with, where appropriate, increases for dependants, shall take effect on 8th April 1996.

(3) In the case of a person over pensionable age whose entitlement to a Category A retirement pension is deferred and for whom the rate of unemployment benefit or short-term incapacity benefit falls to be calculated in accordance with section 25(5) or 30B(3) of the Contributions and Benefits Act(6), the increases in the sums mentioned in Articles 3, 4 and 11 of this Order for Category A and Category B retirement pension and graduated retirement benefit together with, where appropriate, increases for dependants, shall take effect on 11th April 1996.

(4) The increases in the sums mentioned in Articles 4(4)(c) and 5(2) of this Order shall take effect on 8th April 1996.

(5) The increases in the sums specified for the rate of maternity allowance, widowed mother’s allowance, widow’s pension, Category C and Category D retirement pension, child’s special allowance(7), attendance allowance, invalid care allowance (except in a case where the Department has made arrangements for it to be paid on a Wednesday) together with, in each case where appropriate, increases for dependants, and guardian’s allowance shall in all cases take effect on 8th April 1996.

(6) The increases in the sums specified for the rate of invalid care allowance (in a case where the Department has made arrangements for it to be paid on a Wednesday) together with, where appropriate, increases for dependants, disablement benefit together with increases of disablement pension, maximum disablement gratuity under paragraph 9(2) of Schedule 7 to the Contributions and Benefits Act, industrial death benefit by way of widow’s or widower’s pension and allowance in respect of children together with, where appropriate, increases for dependants, and the maximum of the aggregate of weekly benefit payable for successive accidents under section 107(1) of the Contributions and Benefits Act, shall in all cases take effect on 10th April 1996.

(7) In any case where a person’s weekly rate of Category A or Category B retirement pension falls to be increased under the provisions of section 47(1) or 50(2) of the Contributions and Benefits Act(8), by reference to the weekly rate of invalidity allowance or age addition to long-term incapacity benefit to which he was previously entitled, the increase in such sum shall take effect on 8th April 1996.

(8) The increases in the sums specified for the rate of unemployment and incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance together with, where appropriate, increases for dependants, shall in all cases take effect on 11th April 1996.

(9) The increases in the sums falling to be calculated in accordance with paragraph 13(4) of Schedule 7 to the Contributions and Benefits Act (retirement allowance) shall take effect on 10th April 1996.

(10) In the case of a person who is subject to the provisions of regulations made under section 71(1)(b) of the Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 (adjustment of benefit for persons undergoing medical or other treatment as an in-patient in a hospital) the increase in the sum mentioned in Article 4(3)(b) of this Order shall take effect in that case on the day on which the increase in the benefit payable to him apart from those regulations takes effect.

Increase in rate of certain workmen’s compensation in respect of employment before 5th July 1948

7.  In paragraph 2(6)(c) of Schedule 8 to the Contributions and Benefits Act(9) (maximum weekly rate of lesser incapacity allowance supplementing workmen’s compensation) for “£35·25” there shall be substituted “£36·60”.

Earnings limits

8.  In section 80(4) of the Contributions and Benefits Act(10) (earnings limits in respect of child dependency increases) the sum specified in paragraph (a) is £130·00 and the sums specified in paragraph (b) are £17·00 and £130·00 respectively.

Statutory sick pay

9.  In section 153(1) of the Contributions and Benefits Act(11) (rate of payment) the sum specified is £54·55.

Statutory maternity pay

10.  In regulation 6 of the Statutory Maternity Pay (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987(12) (lower rate of statutory maternity pay) the sum specified is £54·55.

Increase in rate of graduated retirement benefit and increments thereof

11.—(1) The sum of 7·64 pence referred to in section 35(1) of the National Insurance Act (Northern Ireland) 1966(13) (graduated retirement benefit) shall be increased by 3.9 per cent. and accordingly the reference in that provision to that sum shall have effect as a reference to 7·94 pence.

(2) The sums which are the increases of graduated retirement benefit under Schedule 2 to the Social Security (Graduated Retirement Benefit) (No. 2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1978(14) (increases for deferred entitlement to a Category A or Category B retirement pension) shall be increased by 3.9 per cent. of their amount apart from this Order.

(3) The sums which are the additions under section 36(1) of the National Insurance Act (Northern Ireland) 1966(13) (special provision as to graduated retirement benefit for widows and widowers) shall be increased by 3.9 per cent. of their amount apart from this Order.

Increase in rates of disability living allowance

12.  In regulation 4 of the Social Security (Disability Living Allowance) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1992(15) (rate of benefit)—

(a)in paragraph (1)(a) for “£46·70” there shall be substituted “£48·50”;

(b)in paragraph (1)(b) for “£31·20” there shall be substituted “£32·40”;

(c)in paragraph (1)(c) for “£12·40” there shall be substituted “£12·90”;

(d)in paragraph (2)(a) for “£32·65” there shall be substituted “£33·90”; and

(e)in paragraph (2)(b) for “£12·40” there shall be substituted “£12·90”.

Sums specified for child benefit

13.  In regulation 2 of the Child Benefit and Social Security (Fixing and Adjustment of Rates) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1976(16) (weekly rates of child benefit)—

(a)in paragraph (1)(a) for “£10·40” there shall be substituted “£10·80”;

(b)in paragraph (1)(b) for “£8·45” there shall be substituted “£8·80”; and

(c)in paragraph (2) the sum specified is £6·30.

Increase in rates of age addition to long-term incapacity benefit

14.  In regulation 9(2) of the Social Security (Incapacity Benefit) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1994(17) (increase in rate of incapacity benefit where beneficiary is under prescribed age on the qualifying date)—

(a)in sub-paragraph (a) for “£12·40” there shall be substituted “£12·90”; and

(b)in sub-paragraph (b) for “£6·20” there shall be substituted “£6·45”.

Increase in rates of transitional invalidity allowance in long-term incapacity benefit cases

15.  In regulation 18(2) of the Social Security (Incapacity Benefit) (Transitional) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995(18) (rate of long-term incapacity benefit in transitional cases)—

(a)in sub-paragraph (a) for “£12·40” there shall be substituted “£12·90”;

(b)in sub-paragraph (b) for “£7·80” there shall be substituted “£8·10”; and

(c)in sub-paragraph (c) for “£3·90” there shall be substituted “£4·05”.

(1)

Section 44(4) was amended by paragraph 11 of Schedule 1 to the Social Security (Incapacity for Work) (Northern Ireland) Order 1994 and Article 4(3) of S.R. 1995 No. 71

(2)

Schedule 5 was amended by paragraph 36 of Schedule 7 to the Pension Schemes (Northern Ireland) Act 1993 and paragraph 40 of Schedule 1 to the Social Security (Incapacity for Work) (Northern Ireland) Order 1994

(3)

1975 c. 15; section 120 was repealed by Schedule 1 to the Social Security (Consequential Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 (c. 9)

(4)

S.I. 1986/1888 (N.I. 18); Article 64 was repealed by Schedule 1 to the Social Security (Consequential Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Act 1992

(5)

See section 132(4) of the Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 as amended by paragraph 41(c) of Schedule 7 to the Pension Schemes (Northern Ireland) Act 1993. See also the Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order (Northern Ireland) 1996 (S.R. 1996 No. 62)

(6)

Section 30B was inserted by Article 4(1) of the Social Security (Incapacity for Work) (Northern Ireland) Order 1994

(7)

Child’s special allowance was abolished except for existing beneficiaries as from 6th April 1987. See section 56(6) of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992

(8)

Section 47(1) was amended by paragraph 13 of Schedule 1 to the Social Security (Incapacity for Work) (Northern Ireland) Order 1994. See also regulation 23 of S.R. 1995 No. 35. Section 50(2) was amended by paragraph 34 of Schedule 7 to the Pension Schemes (Northern Ireland) Act 1993

(9)

Paragraph 2(6)(c) was amended by Article 7 of S.R. 1995 No. 71

(10)

Section 80(4) was amended by Article 8 of S.R. 1995 No. 71

(11)

Section 153(1) was amended by Article 10(1) of the Social Security (Incapacity for Work) (Northern Ireland) Order 1994

(12)

S.R. 1987 No. 30; relevant amending regulations are S.R. 1994 No. 191

(13)

1966 c. 6 (N.I.); sections 35 and 36 were repealed by the Social Security Act 1973 (c. 38) but are continued in force by regulation 2 of the Social Security (Graduated Retirement Benefit) (No. 2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1978 (S.R. 1978 No. 105). See also S.R. 1995 No. 483

(14)

S.R. 1978 No. 105; relevant amending regulations are S.R. 1989 No. 373

(15)

S.R. 1992 No. 32; relevant amending provisions are S.R. 1993 No. 340 and S.R. 1995 No. 71

(17)

S.R. 1994 No. 461; relevant amending provisions are S.R. 1995 No. 71

(18)

S.R. 1995 No. 35; relevant amending provisions are S.R. 1995 No. 71

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