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The Social Security (Students and Income-Related Benefits Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2001

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2.—(1) In the provisions specified in paragraph (2)—

(a)immediately before the first definition there shall be inserted the following definition—

“academic year” means the period of twelve months beginning on, and including, 1st January, 1st April, 1st July or 1st September according to whether the course in question begins in the winter, the spring, the summer or the autumn respectively but if students are required to begin attending the course during August or September and to continue attending through the autumn, the academic year of the course shall be considered to begin in the autumn rather than the summer;;

(b)in the definition of “access funds”—

(i)in paragraph (b), for “and described as “access bursary funds” or “hardship funds”, or” there shall be substituted “for the purpose of providing funds on a discretionary basis to be paid to students;”;

(ii)after paragraph (c) there shall be added the following—

or

(d)discretionary payments, known as “learner support funds”, which are made available to students in further education by institutions out of funds provided by the Learning and Skills Council for England under sections 5, 6 and 9 of the Learning and Skills Act 2000(1);;

(c)in the definition of “contribution”—

(i)after “Department” there shall be inserted “, the Scottish Ministers”;

(ii)for “Secretary of State” in both places where those words occur there shall be substituted “Scottish Ministers”;

(d)for paragraph (c) of the definition of “standard maintenance grant” there shall be substituted the following—

(c)in the case of a student receiving an allowance or bursary under the Education (Scotland) Act 1980(2), the amount of money specified as the “standard maintenance allowance” for the relevant year appropriate for the student set out in the Student Support in Scotland Guide issued by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland(3), or its nearest equivalent in the case of a bursary provided by a college of further education or a local education authority and paid under the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992(4);;

(e)at the end of the definition of “student loan” there shall be added “and shall include, in Scotland, a young student’s bursary paid under regulation 4(1)(c) of the Students' Allowances (Scotland) Regulations 1999(5)”;

(f)the definition of “year” shall be omitted.

(2) The provisions specified for the purposes of paragraph (1) (interpretation) are—

(a)regulation 46(1) of the Housing Benefit Regulations(6);

(b)regulation 61(1) of the Income Support Regulations(7);

(c)regulation 130 of the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations(8).

(3)

The relevant leaflets are SAS2, SAS4 and SAS6

(6)

The definition of “access funds” was inserted by S.R. 2000 No. 242, the definition of “contribution” was substituted by S.R. 1996 No. 405 and amended by S.R. 1998 No. 81 and S.R. 1999 No. 317, the definition of “standard maintenance grant” was substituted by S.R. 1996 No. 405 and amended by S.R. 2000 No. 241, the definitions of “student loan” and “year” were substituted by S.R. 1999 No. 317 and regulation 46 was renumbered by regulation 2(2) of S.R. 2000 No. 241

(7)

The definition of “access funds” was inserted by S.R. 2000 No. 242, the definition of “contribution” was substituted by S.R. 1996 No. 405 and amended by S.R. 1998 No. 81 and S.R. 1999 No. 317, the definition of “standard maintenance grant” was substituted by S.R. 1996 No. 405 and amended by S.R. 2000 No. 241, the definitions of “student loan” and “year” were substituted by S.R. 1999 No. 317 and regulation 61 was renumbered by regulation 3(3) of S.R. 2000 No. 241

(8)

The definition of “access funds” was inserted by S.R. 2000 No. 242, the definition of “contribution” was amended by S.R. 1998 No. 81 and S.R. 1999 No. 317, the definition of “standard maintenance grant” was amended by S.R. 2000 No. 241 and the definitions of “student loan” and “year” were substituted by S.R. 1999 No. 317

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