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The Social Security (Students and Income-Related Benefits Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002

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Citation, commencement and interpretation

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Social Security (Students and Income-Related Benefits Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002 and shall come into operation –

(a)for the purposes of this regulation and regulation 2, on 1st August 2002;

(b)for the purposes of regulations 3 to 7 –

(i)in the case of a student whose period of study begins on or after 1st August 2002 but before 26th August 2002, on the day the period of study begins;

(ii)in any other case, on 26th August 2002.

(2) In these Regulations –

“the Housing Benefit Regulations” means the Housing Benefit (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987(1);

“the Income Support Regulations” means the Income Support (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987(2);

“the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations” means the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996(3).

(3) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(4) shall apply to these Regulations as it applies to an Act of the Assembly.

Definitions

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

(a)in the definition of “access funds” after paragraph (c) “or” shall be omitted and after paragraph (d) there shall be added the following paragraph –

or

(e)

Financial Contingency Funds made available by the National Assembly for Wales;;

(b)for the definition of “periods of experience” there shall be substituted the following definition –

“periods of experience” means periods of work experience which form part of a sandwich course;;

(c)in the definition of “sandwich course” –

(i)for “Education (Student Support) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000” there shall be substituted “Education (Student Support) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2001(5)”;

(ii)for “Education (Student Support) Regulations 2000” there shall be substituted “Education (Student Support) Regulations 2002(6)”.

(2) The provisions specified for the purposes of paragraph (1) (students: interpretation) are –

(a)regulation 46(1) of the Housing Benefit Regulations(7);

(b)regulation 61(1) of the Income Support Regulations(8).

(3) In the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations –

(a)in regulation 1(2) (interpretation) in the definition of “sandwich course”(9) –

(i)for “Education (Student Support) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000” there shall be substituted “Education (Student Support) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2001”;

(ii)for “Education (Student Support) Regulations 2000” there shall be substituted “Education (Student Support) Regulations 2002”;

(b)in regulation 130 (students: interpretation) –

(i)in the definition of “access funds”(10) after paragraph (c) “or” shall be omitted and after paragraph (d) there shall be added the following paragraph –

or

(e)

Financial Contingency Funds made available by the National Assembly for Wales;;

(ii)for the definition of “periods of experience” there shall be substituted the following definition –

“periods of experience” means periods of work experience which form part of a sandwich course;.

Disregards

3.—(1) In sub-paragraph (a) of each of the provisions specified in paragraph (3) for the sum “£260” there shall be substituted the sum “£265”.

(2) In sub-paragraph (b) of each of the provisions specified in paragraph (3) for the sum “£319” there shall be substituted the sum “£327”.

(3) The provisions specified for the purposes of paragraphs (1) and (2) (which relate respectively to sums to be disregarded from the calculation of grant income and from student loans) are –

(a)regulations 53(2A)(11) and 57A(5)(12) of the Housing Benefit Regulations;

(b)regulations 62(2A)(13) and 66A(5)(14) of the Income Support Regulations;

(c)regulations 131(3)(15) and 136(5)(16) of the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations.

Calculation of grant income

4.—(1) In each of the provisions specified in paragraph (2) –

(a)at the end of sub-paragraph (c) there shall be added “or under regulation 16 of the Education (Student Support) Regulations 2002”;

(b)after sub-paragraph (c) there shall be inserted the following paragraph –

(cc)the child care component of the National Assembly for Wales Learning Grant;.

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

(a)regulation 53(2B) of the Housing Benefit Regulations(17);

(b)regulation 62(2B) of the Income Support Regulations(18);

(c)regulation 131(3A) of the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations(19).

(3) In each of the provisions specified in paragraph (4) –

(a)in sub-paragraph (a) for “in that period” there shall be substituted “in the period beginning with the benefit week, the first day of which coincides with, or immediately follows, the first day of the period of study and ending with the benefit week, the last day of which coincides with, or immediately precedes, the last day of the period of study”;

(b)in sub-paragraph (b) for “in respect of which it is payable” there shall be substituted “beginning with the benefit week, the first day of which coincides with, or immediately follows, the first day of the period for which it is payable and ending with the benefit week, the last day of which coincides with, or immediately precedes, the last day of the period for which it is payable”.

(4) The provisions specified for the purposes of paragraph (3) are –

(a)regulation 53(3) of the Housing Benefit Regulations(20);

(b)regulation 62(3) of the Income Support Regulations(21);

(c)regulation 131(4) of the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations(22).

(5) In each of the provisions specified in paragraph (6) –

(a)at the beginning there shall be inserted “In a case where a student is in receipt of a student loan or where he could have acquired a student loan by taking reasonable steps but had not done so,”;

(b)for “would have been apportioned had he had one” there shall be substituted “, as the case may be, would have been apportioned”.

(6) The provisions specified for the purposes of paragraph (5) are –

(a)regulation 53(3B) of the Housing Benefit Regulations(23);

(b)regulation 62(3B) of the Income Support Regulations(24);

(c)regulation 131(5A) of the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations(25).

(7) In each of the provisions specified in paragraph (8) for “the remaining weeks in that period” there shall be substituted “the weeks in the period beginning with the benefit week, the first day of which immediately follows the last day of the period of experience and ending with the benefit week, the last day of which coincides with, or immediately precedes, the last day of the period of study”.

(8) The provisions specified for the purposes of paragraph (7) are –

(a)regulation 53(4) of the Housing Benefit Regulations;

(b)regulation 62(4) of the Income Support Regulations;

(c)regulation 131(6) of the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations.

Treatment of student loans

5.—(1) This regulation amends the provisions specified in paragraph (6) and references in this regulation to sub-paragraphs are to the relevant sub-paragraphs of those provisions.

(2) For sub-paragraph (a) there shall be substituted the following sub-paragraph –

(a)in respect of a course that is of a single academic year’s duration or less, a loan which is payable in respect of that period shall be apportioned equally between the weeks in the period beginning with –

(i)except in a case where head (ii) applies, the benefit week, the first day of which coincides with, or immediately follows, the first day of the single academic year;

(ii)where the student is required to start attending the course in August or where the course is of less than an academic year’s duration, the benefit week, the first day of which coincides with, or immediately follows, the first day of the course,

and ending with the benefit week, the last day of which coincides with, or immediately precedes, the last day of the course;.

(3) In sub-paragraph (aa) for “immediately following that which includes the first day of that academic year and ending with the benefit week which includes”, there shall be substituted “, the first day of which coincides with, or immediately follows, the first day of that academic year and ending with the benefit week, the last day of which coincides with, or immediately precedes,”.

(4) In sub-paragraph (b) –

(a)the words “, the earlier of” shall be omitted;

(b)for heads (i) and (ii) there shall be substituted the following heads –

(i)except in a case where head (ii) applies, the benefit week, the first day of which coincides with, or immediately follows, the first day of that academic year;

(ii)where the final academic year starts on 1st September, the benefit week, the first day of which coincides with, or immediately follows, the earlier of 1st September or the first day of the autumn term,;

(c)for “the last day of the last benefit week before” there shall be substituted “the benefit week, the last day of which coincides with, or immediately precedes,”.

(5) In sub-paragraph (c) –

(a)for head (ii) there shall be substituted the following head –

(ii)the benefit week, the first day of which coincides with, or immediately follows, the first day of the autumn term,;

(b)for “the last day of the last benefit week in June” there shall be substituted “the benefit week, the last day of which coincides with, or immediately precedes, the last day of June”.

(6) The provisions specified for the purposes of this regulation are –

(a)regulation 57A(2) of the Housing Benefit Regulations(26);

(b)regulation 66A(2) of the Income Support Regulations(27);

(c)regulation 136(2) of the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations(28).

Eligible rent

6.  In the Housing Benefit Regulations –

(a)regulation 51(29) (eligible rent) shall be omitted;

(b)in regulation 52 (student partners) for “regulations 50 and 51 (eligible housing costs and eligible rent)” there shall be substituted “regulation 50 (eligible housing costs)”;

(c)regulation 58(2) (disregard of contribution and rent) shall be omitted.

Minor amendments

7.—(1) In each of the provisions specified in (2) for “dependents” there shall be substituted “dependants”.

(2) The provisions specified for the purposes of paragraph (1) (which relate to the calculation of income other than earnings and grant income) are –

(a)regulations 33(3C)(30) and 53(3A)(31) of the Housing Benefit Regulations;

(b)regulations 40(3AB)(32) and 62(3A)(33) of the Income Support Regulations;

(c)regulations 103(5ZB)(34) and 131(5)(35) of the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department for Social Development on 18th June 2002.

L.S.

John O'Neill

Senior Officer of the

Department for Social Development

The Department of Finance and Personnel hereby consents to regulations 2(1) and (2)(a), 3(1), (2) and (3)(a), 4(1), (2)(a), (3), (4)(a), (5), (6)(a), (7) and (8)(a), 5(1) to (5) and (6)(a), 6 and 7(1) and (2)(a) of the foregoing Regulations.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Finance and Personnel on 18th June 2002.

L.S.

Brian McClure

Senior Officer of the

Department of Finance and Personnel

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