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The Welfare Foods (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003

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1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Welfare Foods (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003 and shall come into operation on 6th April 2003.

(2) In these Regulations “the principal Regulations” means the Welfare Foods Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1988(1).

Amendment of regulation 1 of the principal Regulations

2.  In regulation 1(2) of the principal Regulations (Citation, commencement and interpretation) –

(a)after the definition of “Income Support” there is inserted ““an income-based jobseeker’s allowance” has the same meaning as in Article 3(4) of the Jobseeker’s (Northern Ireland) Order 1995”(2);

(b)after the definition of “period of validity” there is inserted ““relevant income” has the same meaning as in section 7(3) of Part I of the Tax Credits Act 2002(3)”; and

(c)the definition of “working families' tax credit”(4) shall be deleted.

Amendment of regulation 2 of the principal Regulations

3.  In regulation 2(1)(b), (2)(b) and (3) of the principal Regulations (Free milk, dried milk and vitamins), after “support” there shall be inserted “an income-based jobseeker’s allowance, or child tax credit(5) where the relevant income of the person to whom the award of 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 £13,230”.

Amendment of regulation 4 of the principal Regulations

4.—(1) Regulation 4 of the principal Regulations (Purchase of dried milk at a reduced price) shall be amended in accordance with the following provisions of this regulation.

(2) For paragraph (1)(6) there shall be substituted the following paragraph –

(1) Any person who is entitled, or is a member of a family of a person who is entitled to working tax credit and child tax credit, shall if ––

(a)the relevant income of the person to whom the award of 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, and

(b)that person is responsible for a child who –

(i)is not entitled to dried milk or milk under regulation 2,

(ii)is under the age of one year, and

(iii)is a member of the family of that person,

be entitled to purchase at any clinic, on behalf of that child, at a price of £4·15, 900 grammes of dried milk per week for personal consumption by that child.

(3) For paragraph (1A)(7) there shall be substituted the following paragraph –

(1A) A person who is entitled to child tax credit (but is not entitled to working tax credit) shall if –

(a)the relevant income of the person to whom the award of child tax credit is made under section 14 of the Tax Credits Act 2002 is determined at the time of the award to be more than £13,230 but not more than £14,200, and

(b)that person is responsible for a child who –

(i)is not entitled to dried milk or milk under regulation 2;

(ii)is under the age of one year; and

(iii)is a member of a family of that person,

be entitled to purchase at any clinic, on behalf of that child, at a price of £4·15, 900 grammes of dried milk per week for personal consumption by that child.

(4) In paragraph (2), “to working families' tax credit(8)” is deleted.

(5) Paragraph (3) shall be deleted, and for paragraph (4) there is substituted –

(3) A person may purchase dried milk for a period of up to four weeks from the date of the claim provided that she satisfies the person responsible for the distribution of welfare food at the clinic –

(a)as to entitlement for the weeks for which the dried milk is purchased, and

(b)if requested by the person to whom the claim is made, as to the age of the child on whose behalf the dried milk is purchased during the weeks for which it is purchased.

Amendment of Regulation 9 of the principal Regulations

5.  Regulation 9(1) of the principal Regulations (inability to purchase dried milk at a reduced price) is amended as follows –

(a)for “child's” there is substituted “person's”;

(b)“to working families' tax credit”(9) is deleted.

Amendment of Regulation 14 of the principal Regulations

6.  In Regulation 14 of the principal Regulations (reimbursement of suppliers) –

(a)at the beginning there shall be inserted “Subject to paragraph (2)”;

(b)the regulation shall then be renumbered as Regulation 14(1); and

(c)after that paragraph the following paragraph shall be inserted –

(2) No amount shall be reimbursed in respect of milk supplied in exchange for a milk token more than two years before the date of the claim for reimbursement..

Amendment of Schedule 1 to the principal Regulation

7.  In Schedule 1 of the principal Regulations (dried milk specified for the purposes of these Regulations) –

(a)in column (1), after the entry to “Farley’s Second Milk(10)”, there shall be inserted “Hipp Organic”; and

(b)in column (2), after “H J Heinz Company Ltd(11)”, the second time it appears, there is inserted “Hipp UK Ltd”.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety on 28th March 2003.

L.S.

Leslie Frew

Senior Officer of the

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

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