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Optical Charges and Payments and General Ophthalmic Services (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003

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PART IAMENDMENTS OF OPTICAL REGULATIONS

Amendment of regulation 1 of the Optical Regulations

2.  In regulation 1 of the Optical Regulations (citation, commencement and interpretation), in paragraph (2), –

(a)after the definition of “child”(1), there is inserted –

“child tax credit” means child tax credit under section 8 of the Tax Credits Act 2002(2);;

(b)after the definition of “complex appliance”, there is inserted –

“disability element” means the disability element of working tax credit as specified in section 11(3) of the Tax Credits Act 2002;;

(c)after the definition of “the 1989 regulations”, there is inserted –

  • “relevant income” has the same meaning as in section 7(3) of Part I of the Tax Credits Act 2002;;

(d)after the definition of “voucher”, there is inserted –

“working tax credit” means working tax credit under the Tax Credits Act 2002.; and

(e)the definitions of “amount withdrawn”, “disabled person’s tax credit” and “working families' tax credit” are omitted(3).

Amendment of regulation 8 of the Optical Regulations

3.—(1) Regulation 8 of the Optical Regulations (eligibility – supply of optical appliances) is amended as follows.

(2) In paragraph (3) –

(a)at the end there is added –

(k)he is a member of a family –

(i)one member of which is receiving –

(aa)working tax credit and child tax credit;

(bb)working tax credit which includes a disability element; or

(cc)child tax credit, but is not eligible for working tax credit; and

(ii)where the relevant income of the person or persons to whom the tax credit is made under section 14 of the Tax Credits Act 2002 is determined at the time of the award not to exceed £14,200; or

(l)he is a member of a family in respect of whom there is a current notice of entitlement under regulation 12A;

(b)Sub-paragraphs (c), (d), (g) and (h) are omitted.

(3) For paragraph (4) there is substituted –

(4) In paragraph (3), –

(a)in sub-paragraphs (b) and (f), “family” has the meaning given to it by section 133(1) of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992(4) as it applies to income support;

(b)in sub-paragraph (j), “family” has the meaning assigned to it by Article 2(2) of the Jobseekers (Northern Ireland) Order 1995(5); and

(c)in sub-paragraph (l) and (m), “family” has the meaning assigned to it by regulation 2(2) of the Tax Credits (Definition and Calculation of Income) Regulations 2002(6)..

New regulation 12A inserted into the Optical Regulations

4.  After regulation 12 of the Optical Regulations (use of vouchers for supply of optical appliances), there is inserted –

12A.(1) Where a person is entitled to the payment of, or contribution towards, the cost incurred for the supply of an optical appliance because he is a member of a family described in regulation 8(3)(1), the Department shall issue a notice of entitlement to that family.

(2) Such a notice of entitlement shall apply to –

(a)any family member who is named on the notice of entitlement; and

(b)any member of such a person’s family.

(3) A notice of entitlement issued under paragraph (1) shall be effective –

(a)from such date; and

(b)for such period,

as the Department may determine

(4) Any change in the financial or other circumstances of a person who is a member of a family in respect of which a notice of entitlement has been issued under paragraph (1), during the period for which the notice of entitlement has been issued, shall not affect the validity of the notice of entitlement in respect of that period..

Amendment of regulation 19 of the Optical Regulations

5.  In regulation 19 of the principal Regulations (redemption value of voucher for replacement or repair) –

(a)in paragraph (1)(b) for “£44·60” there shall be substituted “£45·70”; and

(b)in paragraph (3) for “£11·50” there shall be substituted “£11·80”.

Amendment of the Schedules to the Optical Regulations

6.—(1) In Schedule 1 to the Optical Regulations (voucher letter codes and face values – supply and replacement)(7), in column 3 (face value of voucher), for each amount specified in column 1 of the Table below (old amount) there shall be substituted the amount specified in relation to it in column 2 of that Table (new amount).

TABLE

Column 1Column 2
Old amountNew amount
£30·50£31·30
£46·40£47·60
£63·20£64·80
£142·70£146·30
£52·70£54·00
£67·00£68·70
£81·00£83·00
£157·00 (in both places where it appears)£160·90
£44·60£45·70

(2) In Schedule 2 to the principal Regulations (prisms, tints, photochromic lenses, small and special glasses and complex appliances) –

(a)in paragraph 1(1)(a) (prism – single vision lens) for “£9·90” there shall be substituted “£10·10”;

(b)in paragraph 1(1)(b) (prism – other lens) for “£11·90” there shall be substituted “£12·20”;

(c)in paragraph 1(1)(c) (single vision tinted lens) for “£3·30” there shall be substituted “£3·40”;

(d)in paragraph 1(1)(d) (other tinted lens) for “£3·80” there shall be substituted “£3·90”;

(e)in paragraph 1(1)(e) (small glasses) –

(i)in sub-head (i) for “£50·20” there shall be substituted “£51·50”;

(ii)in sub-head (ii) for “£44·60” there shall be substituted “£45·70”; and

(iii)in sub-head (iii) for “£24·20” there shall be substituted “£24·80”;

(f)in paragraph 1(1)(g) (specially manufactured frames) for “£50·20” there shall be substituted “£51·50”;

(g)in paragraph 2(a) (minimum complex appliance payment – single vision lenses) for “£10·70” there shall be substituted “£11·00”; and

(h)in paragraph 2(b) (minimum complex appliance payment – other cases) for “£27·00” there shall be substituted “£27·70”.

(3) For Schedule 3 to the Optical Regulations (voucher values – repair)(8), there shall be substituted the Schedule 3 set out in the Schedule.

Application of Regulations 5 and 6

7.  The amendments made in regulations 5 and 6 apply only in relation to a voucher accepted or used pursuant to regulation 12 or regulation 17 of the Optical Regulations on or after 1st April 2003.

(1)

Definition inserted by regulation 2 of S.R. 2000 No. 51

(3)

Definitions inserted by regulation 2 of S.R. 1999 No. 394

(7)

Schedule 1 is substituted by the Schedule to S.R. 1999 No. 111 and amended by S.R. 2002 No. 85

(8)

Schedule 3 is substituted by the Schedule to S.R. 2002 No. 85

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