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The Housing Benefit (General) (Amendment No. 3) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999

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Amendment of Schedule 1 to the principal Regulations

7.—(1) Schedule 1 to the principal Regulations (ineligible service charges) shall be amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) and (3).

(2) In paragraph 1—

(a)in sub-paragraph (a)(iv) for the words from “(other than communal areas)” to the end there shall be substituted the following—

except—

(aa)the exterior of any windows in accommodation (other than supported accommodation) where neither the claimant nor any member of his household is able to clean those windows himself;

(bb)in communal areas, or

(cc)where the claimant is in supported accommodation and those charges fall under paragraph 3 of Schedule 1C (service charges for claimants in supported accommodation), and;

(b)in sub-paragraph (c) for the words from “such a system” to the end there shall be substituted “the claimant is in supported accommodation and those charges fall under paragraph 4 of Schedule 1C;”, and

(c)in sub-paragraph (f)(1) for heads (i) to (iii) there shall be substituted the following heads—

(i)are provided to a claimant in supported accommodation by his landlord in person or someone on his behalf, and

(ii)fall under paragraph 2 of Schedule 1C;.

(3) In paragraph 7—

(a)after “In this Schedule” there shall be inserted “and Schedule 1C”, and

(b)in the definition of “supported accommodation”(2)—

(i)for “was either occupied or available for occupation on 18th August 1997 and which was at that date and continues to be” there shall be substituted “is”;

(ii)in head (a) “accommodation” shall be omitted where it first appears and for “where care, support or supervision is provided by, or on behalf of, that body to the occupants of that accommodation” there shall be substituted “where that body or a person acting on its behalf also provides the claimant with care, support or supervision”;

(iii)for head (b) there shall be substituted the following head—

(b)occupied by a person whom a Health and Social Services Board or HSS trust has assessed as having needs which call for the provision of services—

(i)specified in any of the exceptions provided in paragraph 1(a)(iv)(cc), (c) and (f) of this Schedule and Schedule 1C (service charges for claimants in supported accommodation), and

(ii)which that Health and Social Services Board or HSS trust has confirmed the landlord as either capable of providing or ensuring their provision by others,, and

(iv)for the words from “accommodation which would fall” to the end of the definition there shall be substituted the following—

where a community care assessment to which head (b) refers is made following a period in which the claimant has incurred liability in respect of any of the services specified in the exceptions provided in paragraph 1(a)(iv)(cc), (c) and (f) of this Schedule and Schedule 1C and that liability is continuous up to the date of that community care assessment, the Executive shall treat the assessment as if it were made on—

(i)in the case of a claimant who claims housing benefit (other than by way of a claim for a further grant of that benefit) on or after—

(aa)3rd April 2000 in a case where rent is payable at intervals of a whole number of weeks, or

(bb)1st April 2000 in any other case,

the date on which that claim is made or treated as made;

(ii)in the case of a claimant who was entitled to housing benefit on—

(aa)3rd April 2000 in a case where rent is payable at intervals of a whole number of weeks, or

(bb)1st April 2000 in any other case,

but whose award would have been for a higher amount had the community care assessment been made earlier, 3rd or 1st April 2000 as the case may be, or

(iii)in the case of a claimant who claims housing benefit on or after 1st April 2000, but is not entitled to that benefit, but who would have been so entitled had the community care assessment been made on or before that date, the date on which his entitlement would have commenced under regulation 65 (date on which entitlement is to commence) had that community care assessment been made on the date on which he made that claim..

(1)

Sub-paragraph (f) was substituted by regulation 2 of S.R. 1994 No. 137 and amended by regulation 2(1)(a)(i) and (ii) of S.R. 1997 No. 376

(2)

The definition of “supported accommodation” was added by regulation 2(1)(b) of S.R. 1997 No. 376

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