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The Social Security (Non-Cash Vouchers Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999

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1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Social Security (Non-Cash Vouchers Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 and subject to paragraphs (2) to (4) shall come into operation on 1st July 1999.

(2) Where a claimant for either income support or a jobseeker’s allowance—

(a)has an award of either of those benefits which is current on 30th June 1999;

(b)that award is reviewed on or after 1st July 1999, and

(c)the decision on that review takes effect on or after 1st July 1999,

regulation 2(4) or, as the case may be, 2(5) shall have effect in relation to that claimant from the date from which the decision on the first review of that award after 30th June 1999 takes effect.

(3) In relation to any claimant for housing benefit, regulation 2(3) shall have effect, where that claimant has an award of that benefit which is current on 30th June 1999, from the first day of the first benefit period to commence for that claimant on or after 1st July 1999 and for the purposes of this paragraph, “benefit period” shall have the same meaning as it has in regulation 66 of the Housing Benefit (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987(1).

(4) In relation to any claimant for either disability working allowance or family credit, regulation 2(1) or, as the case may be, 2(2) shall have effect, where that claimant has an award of either of those benefits which expires after 1st July 1999 on the day following the expiration of that award.

(5) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(2) shall apply to these Regulations it applies to a Measure of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Earnings of employed earners

2.—(1) In regulation 21 of the Disability Working Allowance (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1992(3) (earnings of employed earners)—

(a)at the end of paragraph (1), there shall be added the following sub-paragraph—

(j)the amount of any payment by way of a non-cash voucher which has been taken into account in the computation of a person’s earnings in accordance with regulation 18(22) to (25) of the Social Security (Contributions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1979(4) (calculation of earnings).;

(b)in paragraph (2)(a), for “paragraph (3)” there shall be substituted “paragraphs (3) and (4)”;

(c)after paragraph (3), there shall be added the following paragraph—

(4) Paragraph (2)(a) shall not apply in respect of any non-cash voucher referred to in paragraph (1)(j)..

(2) In regulation 19 of the Family Credit (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987(5) (earnings of employed earners)—

(a)at the end of paragraph (1), there shall be added the following sub-paragraph—

(j)the amount of any payment by way of a non-cash voucher which has been taken into account in the computation of a person’s earnings in accordance with regulation 18(22) to (25) of the Social Security (Contributions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1979 (calculation of earnings).;

(b)in paragraph (2)(a), for “paragraph (3)” there shall be substituted “paragraphs (3) and (4)”;

(c)after paragraph (3), there shall be added the following paragraph—

(4) Paragraph (2)(a) shall not apply in respect of any non-cash voucher referred to in paragraph (1)(j)..

(3) In regulation 28 of the Housing Benefit (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987 (earnings of employed earners)—

(a)at the end of paragraph (1)(6), there shall be added the following sub-paragraph—

(l)the amount of any payment by way of a non-cash voucher which has been taken into account in the computation of a person’s earnings in accordance with regulation 18(22) to (25) of the Social Security (Contributions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1979 (calculation of earnings).;

(b)at the beginning of paragraph (2)(a), there shall be inserted “subject to paragraph (3),”;

(c)after paragraph (2), there shall be added the following paragraph—

(3) Paragraph (2)(a) shall not apply in respect of any non-cash voucher referred to in paragraph (1)(l)..

(4) In regulation 35 of the Income Support (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987(7) (earnings of employed earners)—

(a)at the end of paragraph (1), there shall be added the following sub-paragraph—

(k)the amount of any payment by way of a non-cash voucher which has been taken into account in the computation of a person’s earnings in accordance with regulation 18(22) to (25) of the Social Security (Contributions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1979 (calculation of earnings).;

(b)at the beginning of paragraph (2)(a), there shall be inserted “subject to paragraph (2A),”;

(c)after paragraph (2), there shall be added the following paragraph—

(2A) Paragraph (2)(a) shall not apply in respect of any non-cash voucher referred to in paragraph (1)(k)..

(5) In regulation 98 of the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996(8) (earnings of employed earners)—

(a)at the end of paragraph (1), there shall be added the following sub-paragraph—

(i)the amount of any payment by way of a non-cash voucher which has been taken into account in the computation of a person’s earnings in accordance with regulation 18(22) to (25) of the Social Security (Contributions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1979 (calculation of earnings).;

(b)at the beginning of paragraph (2)(a), there shall be inserted “subject to paragraph (2A),”;

(c)after paragraph (2), there shall be added the following paragraph—

(2A) Paragraph (2)(a) shall not apply in respect of any non-cash voucher referred to in paragraph (1)(i)..

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

L.S.

John O'Neill

Assistant Secretary

28th May 1999.

The Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland hereby consents to regulation 2(3) of the foregoing Regulations.

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

L.S.

J. McCormick

Assistant Secretary

28th May 1999.

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