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The Social Security (Amendment) (Personal Allowances for Children) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998

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1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Social Security (Amendment) (Personal Allowances for Children) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998 and both this regulation and regulation 2 shall, subject to paragraphs (2) and (4), come into operation on 9th November 1998.

(2) In so far as regulation 2 amends the Income Support Regulations then, in the case of a claimant whose benefit week does not commence on 9th November 1998, that regulation shall have effect from the first day of the first benefit week to commence for that claimant after that date.

(3) In paragraph (2) “the Income Support Regulations” means the Income Support (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987(1) and “benefit week”(2) and “claimant” shall have the same meanings as in regulation 2(1) of those Regulations.

(4) In so far as regulation 2 amends the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations then, in the case of a claimant whose benefit week does not commence on 9th November 1998, that regulation shall have effect from the first day of the first benefit week to commence for that claimant after that date.

(5) In paragraph (4) “the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations” means the

Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996(3) and “benefit week”(4) shall have the same meaning as in regulation 1(2) of those Regulations.

(6) Regulation 3 shall come into operation on 10th November 1998 and in relation to any particular claimant for family credit or disability working allowance, that regulation shall have effect, where that claimant has an award of either of those benefits—

(a)which expires on 9th November 1998, on 10th November 1998, or

(b)which expires after 9th November 1998, on the day following the expiration of that award.

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

Income Support, jobseeker’s allowance and housing benefit: personal allowances in respect of children and young persons

2.—(1) In entry (a) of the table in each of the provisions specified in paragraph (2) (which specify the personal allowances applied in respect of children and young persons when calculating applicable amounts), in column (2), for “£17·30” there shall be substituted “£19·80”.

(2) The provisions specified for the purposes of paragraph (1) are—

(a)paragraph 2(1) of Schedule 2 to the Income Support (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987(6);

(b)paragraph 2(1) of Schedule 2 to the Housing Benefit (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987(7);

(c)paragraph 2(1) of Schedule 1 to the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996(8).

Family credit and disability working allowance: determination of maximum amount

3.  In both paragraph 2(a) of column (2) in Schedule 4 to the Family Credit (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987(9) and paragraph 3(a) of column (2) in Schedule 5 to the Disability Working Allowance (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1992(10) (maximum amounts for children and young persons), for “£12·35” there shall be substituted “£14·85”.

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

L.S.

John O'Neill

Assistant Secretary

26th June 1998.

The Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland hereby consents to regulation 2(1) and (2)(b) of the foregoing Regulations.

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

L.S.

J. Ritchie

Assistant Secretary

26th June 1998.

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