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The Housing Benefit (State Pension Credit) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003

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3.—(1) In regulation 2 (interpretation) in paragraph (1) –

(a)for the definition of “assessment period” there shall be substituted the following definition –

“assessment period” means the period determined –

(a)

in relation to the earnings of a self-employed earner, in accordance with regulation 32 for the purpose of calculating the weekly earning of the claimant, or

(b)

in relation to any other income, in accordance with regulation 28 for the purpose of calculating the weekly income of the claimant;.

(b)after the definition of “the Registered Homes Order”(1) there shall be inserted the following definition –

“the State Pension Credit Act” means the State Pension Credit Act (Northern Ireland) 2002;;

(c)for the definition of “the benefit Acts” there shall be substituted the following definition –

“the benefit Acts” means the Contributions and Benefits Act, the Jobseekers (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 and the State Pension Credit Act;;

(d)after the definition of “benefit week” there shall be inserted the following definitions –

“board and lodging accommodation” means accommodation provided to a person or, if he is a member of a family, to him and any other member of his family, for a charge which is inclusive of the provision of that accommodation and at least some cooked or prepared meals which both are cooked or prepared (by a person other that the person to who the accommodation is provided or a member of his family) and are consumed in that accommodation or associated premises;;

(e)after the definition of “the Fund”(2) there shall be inserted the following definition –

“guarantee credit” is to be construed in accordance with sections 1 and 2 of the State Pension Credit Act;;

(f)after the definition of “person on income support” there shall be inserted –

“person on state pension credit” means a person in receipt of state pension credit;;

(g)after the definition of “retirement annuity contract”(3) there shall be inserted the following definition –

“savings credit” has the meaning assigned to it by sections 1 and 3 of the State Pension Credit Act;.

(2) In that regulation, after paragraph (4) there shall be inserted the following paragraph –

(4A) In these Regulations references to any person in receipt of a guarantee credit, a savings credit or state pension credit includes a reference to a person who would be in receipt thereof but for regulation 13 of the State Pension Credit Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003(4) (small amounts of state pension credit)..

(1)

Definition of “the Registered Homes Order” was inserted by regulation 3(2) of S.R. 1993 No. 149

(2)

Definition of “the Fund” was inserted by regulation 4(2)(a) of S.R. 1992 No. 201

(3)

Definition of “retirement annuity contract” was inserted by regulation 3(2)(c) of S.R. 1995 No. 367

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