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The Social Security (Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit Consequential Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003

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1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Social Security (Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit Consequential Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003 and this regulation shall come into operation on 1st April 2003.

(2) Subject to paragraph (5), in a case where a claimant for income support –

(a)has a child or young person who is a member of his family for the purposes of his claim for income support, and

(b)is awarded, or his partner is awarded, a child tax credit for a period beginning before 6th April 2004,

regulation 6 shall have effect from the first day of the first benefit week to commence for that claimant on or after the day from which that award of child tax credit begins and regulation 2 and Schedule 1 shall have effect from the first day of the first benefit week to commence for that claimant on or after 6th April 2004.

(3) Subject to paragraph (5), in a case where a claimant for income support –

(a)has a child or young person who is a member of his family for the purposes of his claim for income support, and

(b)has not been awarded, or his partner has not been awarded, a child tax credit for a period beginning before 6th April 2004,

regulations 2 and 6 and Schedule 1 shall have effect from the first day of the first benefit week to commence for that claimant on or after the day on which his, or his partner's, award of child tax credit begins.

(4) Subject to paragraph (5), in a case where paragraph (2)(a) or (3)(a) does not apply to a claimant for income support, regulation 2 and Schedule 1 shall have effect from the first day of the first benefit week to commence for that claimant on or after 6th April 2004.

(5) The provisions in –

(a)paragraphs 10(b) and (c), 20(b), 23(a) and 24(a) of Schedule 1 and regulation 2 insofar as it relates to those paragraphs shall have effect in relation to any particular claimant for income support from the first day of the first benefit week to commence for the claimant on or after 7th April 2003, and

(b)paragraph 19 of Schedule 1 and regulation 2 insofar as it relates to that paragraph shall come into operation on 7th April 2003.

(6) Subject to paragraph (9), in a case where a claimant for a jobseeker’s allowance –

(a)has a child or young person who is a member of his family for the purposes of his claim for jobseeker’s allowance, and

(b)is awarded, or his partner is awarded, a child tax credit for a period beginning before 6th April 2004,

regulation 7 shall have effect from the first day of the first benefit week to commence for that claimant on or after the day from which that award of child tax credit begins and regulation 3 and Schedule 2 shall have effect from the first day of the first benefit week to commence for that claimant on or after 6th April 2004.

(7) Subject to paragraph (9), in a case where a claimant for a jobseeker’s allowance –

(a)has a child or young person who is a member of his family for the purposes of his claim for jobseeker’s allowance, and

(b)has not been awarded, or his partner has not been awarded, a child tax credit for a period beginning before 6th April 2004,

regulations 3 and 7 and Schedule 2 shall have effect from the first day of the first benefit week to commence for that claimant on or after the day on which his, or his partner's, award of child tax credit begins.

(8) Subject to paragraph (9), in a case where paragraph (6)(a) or (7)(a) does not apply to a claimant for jobseeker’s allowance, regulation 3 and Schedule 2 shall have effect from the first day of the first benefit week to commence for that claimant on or after 6th April 2004.

(9) Paragraphs 10(b), 20(b) and (e), 23(a) and 24(a) of Schedule 2 and regulation 3 insofar as it relates to those paragraphs shall have effect in relation to any particular claimant for jobseeker’s allowance from the first day of the first benefit week to commence for the claimant on or after 7th April 2003.

(10) The provisions in –

(a)paragraph 6 of Schedule 4 and regulation 5 insofar as it relates to that paragraph shall come into operation on 1st April 2003 immediately before the coming into operation of paragraph 5 of Schedule 2 to the Income-Related Benefits and Jobseeker’s Allowance (Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003(1),

(b)paragraph 5 of Schedule 4 and regulation 5 insofar as it relates to that paragraph shall come into operation on 1st April 2003, and

(c)the remaining paragraphs of Schedule 4 and regulation 5 insofar as it relates to those paragraphs and regulation 4 and Schedule 3 shall come into operation on 7th April 2003.

(11) In paragraphs (2) to (5) and regulation 6, the expressions “benefit week”(2), “claimant” and “partner” have the same meaning as in regulation 2(1) of the Income Support Regulations and in paragraphs (6) to (9) and regulation 7, the expressions “benefit week”(3) and “partner”(4) have the same meaning as in regulation 1(2) of the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations.

(12) In these Regulations –

“the Housing Benefit Regulations” means the Housing Benefit (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987(5);

“the Income Support Regulations” means the Income Support (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987(6), and

“the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations” means the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996(7).

(13) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(8) shall apply to these Regulations as it applies to an Act of the Assembly.

(2)

The definition of “benefit week” was amended by regulation 2(a) of S.R. 1988 No. 318

(3)

The definition of “benefit week” was amended by regulation 2(2) of S.R. 1996 No. 358 and regulation 2(2)(a) of S.R. 1996 No. 503

(4)

The definition of “partner” was amended by paragraph 1 of Schedule 2 to S.R. 2000 No. 350

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