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Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland

1997 No. 4

HOUSING; RATES

The Housing Benefit (General) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997

Made

6th January 1997

Coming into operation in accordance with regulation 1(1)

The Department of Health and Social Services for Northern Ireland in exercise of the powers conferred on it by sections 122(1)(d), 131(1), 132(4)(a) and (b), 133(2)(i) and 171(1), (3) and (4) of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992(1) and of all other powers enabling it in that behalf, with the consent of the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland(2) in so far as its consent is required, and after agreement by the Social Security Advisory Committee that proposals in respect of these Regulations should not be referred to it(3), hereby makes the following Regulations:

Citation, commencement and interpretation

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Housing Benefit (General) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997 and shall come into operation as follows—

(a)for the purposes of regulations 1, 3 and 8(b), on 1st April 1997; and

(b)for the purposes of regulations 2, 4 to 8(a) and 9—

(i)in any case to which paragraph (2) applies, on 1st April 1997, and

(ii)in any other case, on 7th April 1997.

(2) This paragraph applies in any case where—

(a)rent is payable at intervals of one month or any other interval which is not a week or a multiple thereof, or

(b)payments by way of rates are not made together with payments of rent at weekly intervals or multiples thereof.

(3) In these Regulations “the principal Regulations” means the Housing Benefit (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987(4).

(4) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(5) shall apply to these Regulations as it applies to a Measure of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Amendment of regulation 18 of the principal Regulations

2.  In regulation 18(1)(b) of the principal Regulations(6) (patients) “8 or” shall be omitted.

Amendment of regulation 35 of the principal Regulations

3.  In regulation 35 of the principal Regulations (notional income)—

(a)after paragraph (4A)(7) there shall be inserted the following paragraphs—

(4B) Paragraph (4C) shall apply where a claimant is in receipt of both child benefit and an increase in child benefit under regulation 2(2) of the Child Benefit and Social Security (Fixing and Adjustment of Rates) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1976(8) (increase in respect of the only, elder or eldest child of a single parent) in respect of the week up to 6th April 1997.

(4C) In a case where this paragraph applies, the appropriate authority shall, in a case in which the claimant’s weekly amount of eligible rent or, as the case may be, rates falls to be calculated in accordance with regulation 69(2)(b) or, as the case may be, (3)(b) (calculation of weekly amounts), treat the claimant, for the period from and including 1st April 1997 to 6th April 1997, as possessing any child benefit which is payable to him from and including 7th April 1997 at the rates specified in regulation 2(1)(a)(ii) (weekly rate for only, elder or eldest child of a lone parent) and, as the case may be, (b) (weekly rate for other children) of the Child Benefit and Social Security (Fixing and Adjustment of Rates) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1976, to the extent that such child benefit is payable to him at those rates from and including that date.;

(b)in paragraph (6)(9) after “(4A)” there shall be inserted “and (4C)”.

Amendment of regulation 48A of the principal Regulations

4.  In regulation 48A(2)(b) of the principal Regulations(10) (full-time students to be treated as not liable to make payments in respect of a dwelling) for “the lone parent premium” there shall be substituted “a family premium under paragraph 3(a) of Schedule 2(11) (applicable amounts)”.

Amendment of regulation 51 of the principal Regulations

5.  In regulation 51(2)(c)(i) of the principal Regulations(12) (eligible rent) for “the lone parent premium” there shall be substituted “a family premium under paragraph 3(a) of Schedule 2”.

Amendment of Schedule 2 to the principal Regulations

6.  In Schedule 2 to the principal Regulations—

(a)in Part II (family premium), in paragraph 3(13) after “shall be” there shall be inserted—

(a)where the claimant is a lone parent and no premium is applicable under paragraph 9, 9A, 10 or 11, £22·05;

(b)in any other case,;

(b)in Part III (premiums)—

(i)in paragraph 4(14) for “paragraphs 8” there shall be substituted “paragraphs 9”;

(ii)paragraph 8(15) (lone parent premium) shall be omitted;

(c)in Part IV (amounts of premiums specified in Part III), in paragraph 15(16), the entries in both columns of sub-paragraph (1) (lone parent premium) shall be omitted.

Amendment of Schedule 3 to the principal Regulations

7.  In Schedule 3 to the principal Regulations (sums to be disregarded in the calculation of earnings) in paragraph 4(17) for “lone parent premium under” there shall be substituted “family premium under paragraph 3(a) of”.

Amendment of Schedule 4 to the principal Regulations

8.  In Schedule 4 to the principal Regulations (sums to be disregarded in the calculation of income other than earnings)—

(a)in paragraph 50(1)(18) for “the family premium” there shall be substituted “a family premium”;

(b)after paragraph 63(19) there shall be inserted the following paragraph—

64.  Where regulation 35(4C)(20) applies to a claimant and—

(a)he is in receipt of both child benefit and an increase in child benefit under regulation 2(2) of the Child Benefit and Social Security (Fixing and Adjustment of Rates) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1976 (increase in respect of the only, elder or eldest child of a single parent) in respect of the week up to 6th April 1997; and

(b)child benefit is payable to him from and including 7th April 1997 at the rates specified in regulation 2(1)(a)(ii) (weekly rate for only, elder or eldest child of a lone parent) and, as the case may be, (b) of those Regulations (weekly rate for other children) as payable from that date,

any child benefit and increase in child benefit specified in sub-paragraph (a) to the extent that it is payable in respect of the period from and including 1st April 1997 to 6th April 1997..

Amendment of Schedule 5A to the principal Regulations

9.  In paragraph 2(c)(ii) of Schedule 5A to the principal Regulations(21) (conditions for an extended payment of housing benefit) for “paragraph 8 (lone parent premium)” there shall be substituted “paragraph 3(a) (rate of family premium applicable to a lone parent)”.

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

L.S.

John O'Neill

Assistant Secretary

6th January 1997.

The Department of the Environment hereby consents to the foregoing Regulations.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland on

L.S.

R. E. Aiken

Assistant Secretary

6th January 1997.

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Regulations.)

These Regulations further amend the Housing Benefit (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987 so as to provide that a claimant is treated as possessing certain child benefit and that certain child benefit is disregarded in the calculation of income other than earnings in certain circumstances (regulations 3 and 8(b)).

These Regulations also replace the premium which is applicable in relation to lone parents in receipt of housing benefit with an additional element to the family premium (regulations 2, 4 to 8(a) and 9).

They also provide for consequential amendments elsewhere in these Regulations in connection with this change.

(2)

See section 171(6A) of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992; subsection (6A) was inserted by Article 3(3) of the Social Security (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1993 (S.I. 1993/1579 (N.I. 8))

(3)

See section 150(1)(b) of the Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 (c. 8)

(6)

Regulation 18(1)(b) was amended by S.R. 1996 Nos. 84 and 448

(7)

Paragraph (4A) was inserted by regulation 5(a) of S.R. 1995 No. 129

(9)

Paragraph (6) was amended by regulation 5(b) of S.R. 1995 No. 129

(10)

Regulation 48A was inserted by regulation 3(6) of S.R. 1990 No. 297

(11)

Paragraph 3(a) is inserted by regulation 6(a) of these Regulations

(12)

Regulation 51(2)(c) was amended by regulation 7 of S.R. 1995 No. 129

(13)

Paragraph 3 was amended by regulation 4(b) of S.R. 1996 No. 84

(14)

Paragraph 4 was amended by regulation 9 of S.R. 1990 No. 345

(15)

Paragraph 8 was amended by regulation 10(c) of S.R. 1990 No. 136

(16)

Paragraph 15 was substituted by regulation 4(c) of S.R. 1996 No. 84

(17)

Paragraph 4 was substituted by regulation 10 of S.R. 1990 No. 345

(18)

Paragraph 50 was added by regulation 3(3)(b) of S.R. 1991 No. 520

(19)

Paragraph 63 was added by regulation 4(b) of S.R. 1996 No. 448

(20)

Paragraph (4C) is inserted by regulation 3(a) of these Regulations

(21)

Schedule 5A was inserted by regulation 6 of S.R. 1996 No. 115 and paragraph 2(c) was amended by regulation 22(a)(ii) of S.R. 1996 No. 334

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