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Housing Renovation etc. Grants (Reduction of Grant) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000

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Citation and commencement

1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Housing Renovation etc. Grants (Reduction of Grant) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000 and shall come into operation on 17th April 2000.

Amendments

2.  The Housing Renovation etc. Grants (Reduction of Grant) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997(1) are amended in accordance with regulations 3 to 7.

Regulation 2

3.  In regulation 2 (interpretation)—

(a)for the definition of “disability working allowance”, substitute the following definition—

“disabled person’s tax credit” means a disabled person’s tax credit under section 128 of the 1992 Act(2);

(b)after the definition of “war widow’s pension”, insert—

“working families' tax credit” means a working families' tax credit under section 127 of the 1992 Act(3);

(c)after the definition of “earnings”, insert—

“education and library board” means an education and library board established under Article 3 of the Education and Libraries (Northern Ireland) Order 1986(4);.

Regulation 18

4.  In regulation 18 (treatment of child care charges)—

(a)in paragraph (4)(5), for the definition of “relevant child care charges” substitute—

“relevant child care charges” are those charges for care to which paragraphs (5) and (6) apply, and shall be calculated on a weekly basis in accordance with paragraph (2).;

(b)after paragraph (4) add—

(5) This paragraph applies to charges paid by the relevant person for care which is provided—

(a)in the case of any child of the relevant person’s family who is not disabled, in respect of the period beginning on that child’s date of birth and ending on the day preceding the first Monday in September following that child’s fifteenth birthday;

(b)in the case of any child of the relevant person’s family who is disabled, in respect of the period beginning on that child’s date of birth and ending on the day preceding the first Monday in September following that child’s sixteenth birthday.

(6) This paragraph applies to charges paid for care which is provided in accordance with paragraph (7) but not paid—

(a)in respect of the child’s compulsory education; or

(b)by a relevant person to a partner or by a partner to a relevant person in respect of any child for whom either of any of them is responsible in accordance with regulation 7 (circumstances in which a person is to be treated as responsible or not responsible for another).

(7) The care to which paragraph (6) refers may be provided—

(a)by persons registered under Article 118 of the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995(6) (registration of childminders and persons providing day care);

(b)out of school hours, by a school on school premises or by an education and library board or a Health and Social Services trust—

(i)for children who are not disabled in respect of the period beginning on, and including, their twelfth birthday and ending on the day preceding the first Monday in September following their fifteenth birthday, or

(ii)for children who are disabled in respect of the period beginning on, and including, their twelfth birthday and ending on the day preceding the first Monday in September following their sixteenth birthday;

(c)by a child care scheme operating on Crown property where registration under Article 118 of the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 is not required; or

(d)in schools or establishments to which Article 118 of the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 does not apply by virtue of Article 121(1) to (3) of that Order.

(8) For the purposes of paragraphs (5) to (7)—

(a)a person shall be treated as a child in respect of the period commencing on his sixteenth birthday and ending on the day preceding the first Monday in September following his sixteenth birthday; and

(b)a child is disabled if he is a child—

(i)in respect of whom disability living allowance is payable, or has ceased to be payable solely because he is a patient;

(ii)who is identified as blind in pursuance of arrangements under section 1(1) of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons (Northern Ireland) Act 1978(7);

(iii)who ceased to be identified as blind under such arrangements within the 28 weeks immediately preceding the date of claim..

Regulation 24 and 26

5.  In regulation 24(2) (determination of net earnings of employed earners) and 26(2) (determination of net profit of self-employed earners), in each case—

(a)before “paragraphs” insert “any of”; and

(b)for “14” substitute “16 or 18”.

Schedule 2

6.  At the end of Schedule 2 (sums to be disregarded in the determination of earnings) add—

18.(1) In a case where the relevant person is a person who satisfies the conditions set out in either sub-paragraph (2) or (3), and his net earnings equal or exceed the total of the amounts set out in sub-paragraph (4), the amount of his earnings that falls to be disregarded under paragraphs 3 to 10 of this Schedule shall be increased by an amount equal to either—

(a)the tax credit referred to in regulation 46(1)(aa) of the Family Credit Regulations if he satisfies the conditions of sub-paragraph (2); or

(b)the tax credit referred to in regulation 51(1)(bb) of the Disability Working Allowance Regulations if he satisfies the conditions of sub-paragraph (3),

and in a case where the relevant person satisfies the conditions of both sub-paragraphs (2) and (3), his disregarded earnings shall be increased by the higher of the two amounts, or if they are the same, by that amount.

(2) The conditions of this sub-paragraph are that—

(a)the relevant person or, if he is a member of a couple, either the relevant person or his partner, is a person to whom regulation 46(1)(aa) of the Family Credit Regulations applies; or

(b)(i)the relevant person is or, if he is a member of a couple, one member of that couple is or both members are, engaged in remunerative work for on average not less than 30 hours per week; and

(ii)the relevant person’s applicable amount includes a family premium under paragraph 3 of Schedule 1 to these Regulations.

(3) The conditions of this sub-paragraph are that—

(a)the relevant person or, if he is a member of a couple, the relevant person or his partner, is a person to whom regulation 51(1)(bb) of the Disability Working Allowance Regulations applies; or

(b)(i)the relevant person or, if he is a member of a couple, one member of that couple is or both members are, engaged in remunerative work for on average not less than 30 hours per week; and

(ii)the relevant person’s applicable amount includes a higher pensioner premium or a disability premium under paragraph 10 or 11 of Schedule 1 respectively; and

(iii)where he is a member of a couple, at least one member of that couple satisfies the qualifying conditions for the higher pensioner premium or the disability premium referred to in sub-head (ii) above and is engaged in remunerative work for on average not less than 16 hours per week.

(4) The following are the amounts referred to in sub-paragraph (1)—

(a)the amount calculated as disregardable from the relevant person’s earnings under paragraphs 3 to 10 of this Schedule;

(b)the amount of child care charges calculated as deductible under regulation 17(1); and

(c)(i)in the case of a relevant person who satisfies the conditions of sub-paragraph (2), the amount of the tax credit referred to in regulation 46(1)(aa) of the Family Credit Regulations; or

(ii)in the case of a relevant person who satisfies the conditions of sub-paragraph (3), the amount of the tax credit referred to in regulation 51(1)(bb) of the Disability Working Allowance Regulations;

and in a case where the relevant person satisfies the conditions of both sub-paragraphs (2) and (3) the higher of the two amounts or, if they are the same, that amount.

(5) In this paragraph—

“the Family Credit Regulations” means the Family Credit (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987(8); and

“the Disability Working Allowance Regulations” means the Disability Working Allowance (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland 1992(9)..

Schedule 3

7.  In Schedule 3 (sums to be disregarded in the determination of income other than earnings)—

(a)in paragraph 57—

(i)at the beginning of the paragraph, insert—

  • Except in a case which falls under paragraph 18 of Schedule 2 to these Regulations,

  • and

(ii)for “amount of disability working allowance”, substitute “amount of disabled person’s tax credit”;

(b)in paragraph 58—

(i)at the beginning of that paragraph, insert—

  • Except in a case which falls under paragraph 18 of Schedule 2 to these Regulations,

  • and

(ii)for “amount of family credit”, substitute “amount of working families' tax credit”.

Application

8.  The amendments made by these Regulations shall not have effect in relation to applications for grant made before these Regulations come into force.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department for Social Development on 3rd March 2000.

L.S.

J. McCormick

A senior officer of the

Department for Social Development

The Department of Finance and Personnel hereby consents to the foregoing Regulations.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Finance and Personnel on 6th March 2000.

L.S.

J. Sullivan

A senior officer of the

Department of Finance and Personnel

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