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Housing Renovation etc. Grants (Reduction of Grant) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997

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Additional condition for the higher pensioner and disability premiums

12.—(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2) and paragraphs 16 and 17, the additional condition referred to in paragraphs 10 and 11 is that either—

(a)the relevant person, or as the case may be, his partner—

(i)is in receipt of one or more of the following benefits: attendance allowance, disability living allowance, disability working allowance, mobility supplement, long-term incapacity benefit under Part III of the 1992 Act or severe disablement allowance under Part II of that Act but in the case of long-term incapacity benefit or severe disablement allowance only where it is paid in respect of him, or

(ii)was in receipt of long-term incapacity benefit under Part II of the 1992 Act when entitlement to that benefit ceased on account of the payment of a retirement pension under that Act and, if the invalidity pension was payable to his partner, the partner is still a member of the family, or

(iii)was in receipt of attendance allowance or disability living allowance but payment of benefit has been suspended in accordance with regulations made under section 113(2) of the 1992 Act, or otherwise abated as a consequence of the relevant person or his partner being a person (other than a person who is serving a sentence of imprisonment or detention in a youth custody institution) who is regarded as receiving free in-patient treatment within the meaning of regulation 2(2) of the Social Security (Hospital In-Patients) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1975(1),

(iv)is provided by the Department of Health and Social Services with an invalid carriage or other vehicle under Article 30(1) of the Health and Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1972(2) or receives payments by way of grant from the Department of Health and Social Services under Article 30(3) of that Order, or

(v)has been certified as blind and in consequence is registered as blind in a register maintained by or on behalf of a Health and Social Services Board; or

(b)the relevant person—

(i)is, or is treated as, incapable of work in accordance with the provisions of, and regulations made under, Part XIIA of the 1992 Act(3) (incapacity for work), and

(ii)has been incapable, or has been treated as incapable, of work for a continuous period of not less than—

(c)in the case of a relevant person who is terminally ill within the meaning of Section 30B(4) of the 1992 Act(4), 196 days; and

(d)in any other case, 364 days.

(2) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (1)(a)(v), a person who has ceased to be registered as blind on regaining his eyesight shall nevertheless be treated as blind and as satisfying the condition set out in that sub-paragraph for a period of 28 weeks following the date on which he ceased to be so registered.

(3) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (1)(b), once the higher pensioner premium or the disability premium is applicable to a person by virtue of his satisfying the additional condition specified in that provision, if he then ceases, for a period of 8 weeks or less, to be treated as incapable for work or to be incapable of work, he shall, on again becoming so incapable of work, immediately thereafter be treated as satisfying the condition in sub-paragraph (1)(b).

(4) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (1)(b), once the disability premium is applicable to a person by virtue of his satisfying the additional condition specified in that provision, he shall continue to be treated as satisfying that condition for any period spent by him in undertaking a course of training provided under sections 2 and 3 of the Disabled Persons (Employment) Act (Northern Ireland) 1945(5) or section 3 of the Employment and Training Act (Northern Ireland) 1950(6) or for any period during which he is in receipt of a training allowance.

(5) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (1)(b), where any two or more periods of incapacity are separated by a break of not more than 56 days, those periods shall be treated as one continuous period.

(6) For the purposes of this paragraph, a reference to a person who is or was in receipt of long-term incapacity benefit includes a person who is or was in receipt of short-term incapacity benefit at a rate equal to the long-term rate by virtue of Section 30B(4)(a) of the 1992 Act (short-term incapacity benefit for a person who is terminally ill), or who would be or would have been in receipt of short-term incapacity benefit at such a rate but for the fact that the rate of short-term incapacity benefit already payable to him is or was equal to or greater than the long-term rate.

(1)

S.R. 1975 No. 109; regulation 2(2) was substituted by regulation 2 of S.R. 1992 No. 453

(2)

S.I. 1972/1265 (N.I. 14); to which there are no relevant amendments

(3)

Part XIIA was inserted by Articles 7 and 8(1) of S.I. 1994/1898 (N.I. 12)

(4)

Section 30B was inserted by Article 4(1) of S.R. 1994/1898 (N.I. 12)

(5)

1945 c. 6 (N.I.); section 2 and 3 were amended by section 1 of the Disabled Persons (Employment) Act (Northern Ireland) 1960 c. 4 (N.I.) and Schedule 18 to the Education and Libraries (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 (S.I. 1986/594 (N.I. 3))

(6)

S.I. 1950 c. 29 (N.I.); section 3 was amended by Article 35 and Schedule 4 to the Industrial Training (Northern Ireland) Order 1984 (S.I. 1984/1159 (N.I. 9))

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