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The Social Security (Students and Income-Related Benefits Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003

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1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Social Security (Students and Income-Related Benefits Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003 and shall come into operation –

(a)for the purposes of this regulation, on 1st August 2003;

(b)for the purposes of regulations 2 and 3 –

(i)in the case of a student whose period of study begins on or after 1st August 2003 but before 1st September 2003, on the day the period of study begins;

(ii)in any other case, on 1st September 2003.

(2) In these Regulations –

“the Housing Benefit Regulations” means the Housing Benefit (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987(1);

“the Income Support Regulations” means the Income Support (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987(2);

“the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations” means the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996(3).

(3) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(4) shall apply to these Regulations as it applies to an Act of the Assembly.

Disregards

2.—(1) In sub-paragraph (a) of each of the provisions specified in paragraph (3) for the sum “£265” there shall be substituted the sum “£270”.

(2) In sub-paragraph (b) of each of the provisions specified in paragraph (3) for the sum “£327” there shall be substituted the sum “£340”.

(3) The provisions specified for the purposes of paragraphs (1) and (2) (which relate respectively to sums to be disregarded from the calculation of grant income and from student loans) are –

(a)regulations 53(2A)(5) and 57A(5)(6) of the Housing Benefit Regulations;

(b)regulations 62(2A)(7) and 66A(5)(8) of the Income Support Regulations;

(c)regulations 131(3)(9) and 136(5)(10) of the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations.

Calculation of grant income

3.—(1) In each of the provisions specified in paragraph (2) –

(a)for sub-paragraph (cc) there shall be substituted the following sub-paragraph –

(cc)any grant paid under the Schedule to the Education (Assembly Learning Grant Scheme) (Wales) Regulations 2002(11);;

(b)after sub-paragraph (d) there shall be added the following –

and

(e)any grant paid under regulation 16(7) of the Education (Student Support) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003(12)..

(2) The provisions specified for the purposes of paragraph (1) (calculation of grant income) are –

(a)regulation 53(2B) of the Housing Benefit Regulations(13);

(b)regulation 62(2B) of the Income Support Regulations(14);

(c)regulation 131(3A) of the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations(15).

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department for Social Development on 9th July 2003.

L.S.

John O'Neill

A senior officer of the

Department for Social Development

The Department of Finance and Personnel hereby consents to regulations 2(1), (2) and (3)(a) and 3(1) and (2)(a) of the foregoing Regulations.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Finance and Personnel on 10th July 2003.

L.S.

Rodney Scott

A senior officer of the

Department of Finance and Personnel

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