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These Regulations provide for the cessation, from 6th October 2003, of the payment of a residential allowance to recipients of income support or income-based jobseeker’s allowance who are residing in residential care homes or nursing homes. These Regulations also provide for the cessation, from 6th October 2003, of the payment of special amounts to recipients of income support or income-based jobseeker’s allowance who are in residential accommodation as defined in regulation 21(3) of the Income Support (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987 (“the Income Support Regulations”).
These Regulations also amend the Social Fund (Cold Weather Payments) (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1988 (“the Cold Weather Payments Regulations”) to provide that from 6th October 2003 those who are residing in residential care homes, nursing homes or residential accommodation shall not be entitled to a cold weather payment under those Regulations (regulation 3).
Regulations 2 and 4 amend the Income Support Regulations and the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations 1996 (Northern Ireland) (“the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations”).
Regulations 2(2) and 4(2) remove the definition of “residential allowance” from the Income Support Regulations and the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations respectively.
Regulations 2(7) and 4(10) remove the provisions relating to applicable amounts of residential allowance in the Income Support Regulations and the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations respectively.
Regulation 2(6)(b) and (8) and regulation 4(9), (11) and (12) remove provisions in the Income Support Regulations and the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations respectively which relate to the special amounts payable to certain people in residential accommodation.
Regulation 2(9) removes paragraph 15B of Schedule 9 to the Income Support Regulations. Paragraph 15B provides that 50 per cent. of income received from an occupational or personal pension or retirement annuity contract shall be disregarded if the claimant is not residing with his spouse, and at least 50 per cent. of that income is being paid to or in respect of his spouse for that spouse’s maintenance.
The remaining paragraphs of regulations 2 and 4 make consequential amendments to the Income Support Regulations and the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations.
Regulations 3 and 5 consequentially amend the Cold Weather Payments Regulations and the Social Fund Winter Fuel Payment Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000 respectively.
These Regulations make in relation to Northern Ireland only provision corresponding to provision contained in Regulations made by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in relation to Great Britain and accordingly, by virtue of section 149(3) of, and paragraph 10 of Schedule 5 to, the Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 (c. 8), are not subject to the requirement of section 149(2) of that Act for prior reference to the Social Security Advisory Committee.
These Regulations do not impose a charge on business.
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