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The Social Security (Claims and Payments) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999

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Citation, commencement and interpretation

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Social Security (Claims and Payments) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 and shall come into operation on 20th September 1999.

(2) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(1) shall apply to these Regulations as it applies to a Measure of the Assembly.

Amendment of the Social Security (Claims and Payments) Regulations

2.—(1) The Social Security (Claims and Payments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987(2) shall be amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (7).

(2) In regulation 2(1) (interpretation), in the definition of “long term benefits”(3) “guardian’s allowance,” shall be omitted.

(3) In regulation 16(3)(a)(4) (date of entitlement under an award for the purpose of determining the day from which benefit is to be payable and effective date of change of rate) after “child benefit” there shall be inserted “or guardian’s allowance”.

(4) In regulation 21 (direct credit transfer) after paragraph (3A)(5) there shall be inserted the following paragraphs—

(3B) Where child benefit is payable in accordance with paragraph (1), any application to which paragraph (2) refers shall also have effect for any guardian’s allowance to which the claimant is entitled and that allowance shall be paid in the same manner as the child benefit which is due in his case.

(3C) Where guardian’s allowance is payable in accordance with paragraph (1), any application to which paragraph (2) refers shall also have effect for the child benefit to which the claimant is entitled and that benefit shall be paid in the same manner as the guardian’s allowance which is due in his case..

(5) In regulation 23 (child benefit)—

(a)for the heading there shall be substituted “Child benefit and guardian’s allowance”; and

(b)after paragraph (3) there shall be inserted the following paragraph—

(3A) Where a claimant for child benefit is also entitled to guardian’s allowance, that allowance shall be payable in the same manner and at the same intervals as child benefit under this regulation..

(6) In regulation 35(6) (payment to a partner as alternative payee)—

(a)at the beginning there shall be inserted “Except where a wife has elected in accordance with regulation 6A of the Social Security (Guardian’s Allowances) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1975(7) that guardian’s allowance is not to be paid to her husband,”; and

(b)for “, family credit or disability working allowance” there shall be substituted “, family credit, disability working allowance or guardian’s allowance”.

(7) In Schedule 6 (days for payment of long term benefits) paragraph 2 shall be omitted.

Revocation

3.  Regulation 17 of the Social Security (Claims and Payments) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1992(8) is hereby revoked.

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

L.S.

W. B. J. Davis

Assistant Secretary

23rd August 1999.

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