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

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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(1) 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(2); 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(3)..

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