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The Social Fund (Maternity and Funeral Expenses) (General) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000

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1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Social Fund (Maternity and Funeral Expenses) (General) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000 and shall come into operation on 27th March 2000.

(2) In these Regulations, “the principal Regulations” means the Social Fund (Maternity and Funeral Expenses) (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987(1).

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

Amendment of regulation 2 of the principal Regulations

2.  In regulation 2 of the principal Regulations (interpretation), after the definition of “funeral payment” there shall be inserted–

  • “health professional” means–

    (a)

    a registered medical practitioner;

    (b)

    a midwife, nurse or health visitor registered as a midwife, nurse or health visitor with the United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting under the Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1997(3);.

Amendment of regulation 4 of the principal Regulations

3.—(1) Regulation 4 of the principal Regulations (entitlement to a maternity payment) shall be amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (4).

(2) In paragraph (1), after sub-paragraph (b) there shall be inserted the following sub-paragraph–

(bb)subject to paragraph (3)–

(i)the claimant or partner has received advice on health and welfare matters relating to the child from a health professional, and

(ii)where the claim is made before the child is born, the claimant or partner has received advice on health and welfare matters relating to maternal health from a health professional, and.

(3) In paragraph (2)(4), in each place where the amount “£100” appears there shall be substituted the amount “£200”.

(4) After paragraph (2) there shall be added the following paragraph–

(3) Paragraph (1)(bb)(i) shall not apply where a claim is made after the birth of a still-born child..

Supplemental amendments

4.  In regulations 2(5), 3(6), 4(7), 5(8) and 8(9) of the principal Regulations, in each place where “maternity payment” occurs, there shall be substituted “Sure Start Maternity Grant”.

Transitional provisions

5.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), these Regulations shall not apply in a case where a claim is made and–

(a)the expected date of confinement;

(b)the date of birth of the child (including any still-born);

(c)the date of the adoption order, or

(d)in the case of a child in respect of whom an order has been granted pursuant to section 30 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990(10) (parental orders), the date of the order,

are both before 11th June 2000.

(2) Subject to paragraph (3), where a payment has been made on the basis that the expected date of confinement is before 11th June 2000 and the date of birth of that child (including any still-born) occurs after 10th June 2000, a further payment may be made in accordance with these Regulations.

(3) The amount payable as a consequence of paragraph (2) shall be reduced by a sum equal to the payment already made.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department for Social Development on 2nd March 2000.

L.S.

John O'Neill

Senior Officer of the

Department for Social Development

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