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The State Pension Credit (Consequential, Transitional and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003

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Amendment of Regulations relating to the social fund

25.—(1) The Social Fund (Maternity and Funeral Expenses) (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987(1) shall be amended in accordance with paragraph (2).

(2) In both regulation 4(1)(a) and regulation 6(1)(a), after “income support”, there shall be inserted “, state pension credit”.

(3) The Social Fund (Cold Weather Payments) (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1988(2) shall be amended in accordance with paragraphs (4) to (6).

(4) Regulation 1A shall be renumbered paragraph (1) of that regulation.

(5) In the renumbered paragraph (1) –

(a)after “income support,” there shall be inserted “, state pension credit”;

(b)after paragraph (aa), there shall be inserted the following paragraph –

(ab)the person is entitled to state pension credit and is not resident in a residential care home or nursing home.

(6) After the renumbered paragraph (1), there shall be inserted the following paragraph –

(2) In paragraph (1)(ab), the terms “residential care home” and “nursing home” have the meaning they have for the purposes of the Health and Personal Social Services (Quality, Improvement and Regulation) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 by virtue of Articles 10 and 11 respectively of that Order..

(7) In the Social Fund (Recovery by Deductions from Benefits) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1988(3), in regulation 2, after paragraph (a), there shall be inserted the following paragraph –

(aa)state pension credit under the State Pension Credit Act (Northern Ireland) 2002(4);.

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