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The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2000

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1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2000 and, subject to paragraphs (2) to (5), shall come into operation for the purposes of—

(a)Articles 1, 2 and 6 on 1st April 2000;

(b)Article 8, in so far as it relates to a particular beneficiary, on the first day of the first benefit week to commence for that beneficiary on or after 1st April 2000 and, for the purpose of this sub-paragraph, “benefit week” has the same meaning as in the Computation of Earnings Regulations;

(c)Article 10 on 2nd April 2000;

(d)Article 9 on 6th April 2000;

(e)Articles 3 to 5 and 11 to 13 on 10th April 2000;

(f)Article 7 on 12th April 2000;

(g)Articles 14, 15 and 23 on 13th April 2000;

(h)Articles 16 to 18, in so far as they relate to a particular beneficiary, on the first day of the first benefit week to commence for that beneficiary on or after 10th April 2000 and, for the purpose of this sub-paragraph, “benefit week” has the same meaning as in the Income Support Regulations;

(i)Article 19, in relation to a case where rent is or rates are payable at intervals of a week or any multiple thereof, on 3rd April 2000 and, in relation to any other case, on 1st April 2000; and

(j)Articles 20 to 22, in so far as they relate to a particular beneficiary, on the first day of the first benefit week to commence for that beneficiary on or after 10th April 2000 and, for the purpose of this sub-paragraph, “benefit week” has the same meaning as in the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations.

(2) The increases made—

(a)in the sums specified for rates or amounts of benefit under the Contributions and Benefits Act or the Pension Schemes Act; and

(b)by Article 20(c), in so far as it is relevant for the purposes referred to in Article 6(11),

shall take effect for each case on the date specified in relation to that case in Article 6.

(3) Subject to paragraph (4), in so far as Articles 16(3), 19(6) and 21(3) amend the provisions specified in paragraph (5), they shall come into operation immediately after the coming into operation of regulation 2(1)(b) of the Social Security (Personal Allowances for Children and Young Persons Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999(1).

(4) Where, in relation to a particular beneficiary—

(a)both paragraph (3) and either or both of sub-paragraphs (h) and (j) of paragraph (1) apply; and

(b)the coming into operation dates specified in relation to those provisions would not coincide,

then, in such a case, the coming into operation date for the purposes of paragraph (3) shall instead be the first day of the first benefit week to commence for that beneficiary after 10th April 2000.

(5) The provisions specified for the purposes of paragraph (3) are—

(a)paragraph 2(1) of Schedule 2 to the Income Support Regulations;

(b)paragraph 2(1) of Schedule 2 to the Housing Benefit Regulations; and

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

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