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The Social Security (Students and Income-related Benefits) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005

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1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Social Security (Students and Income-related Benefits) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005 and, subject to paragraph (2), shall come into operation on 1st August 2005.

(2) Regulation 2 shall come into operation—

(a)in the case of a person whose period of study begins on or after 1st August 2005 but before 1st September 2005, on the day the period of study begins; and

(b)in any other case, on 1st September 2005.

(3) 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);

“the 2003 Regulations” means the Social Security (Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit Consequential Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003(4);

“period of study”(5) for the purposes of paragraph (2) has the same meaning as in regulation 61 of the Income Support Regulations.

(4) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(6) shall apply to these Regulations as it applies to an Act of the Assembly.

Amendments in relation to the calculation of grant income

2.—(1) In sub-paragraph (a) of each of the provisions specified in paragraph (3) for “£275” there shall be substituted “£280”.

(2) In sub-paragraph (b) of each of the provisions specified in paragraph (3) for “£343” there shall be substituted “£352”.

(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)(7) and 57A(5)(8) of the Housing Benefit Regulations;

(b)regulations 62(2A)(9) and 66A(5)(10) of the Income Support Regulations; and

(c)regulations 131(3)(11) and 136(5)(12) of the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations.

(4) In regulation 53(2B)(13) of the Housing Benefit Regulations sub-paragraphs (a) and (b) shall be omitted.

(5) Except in a case to which paragraph (6) applies, regulation 62(2B)(14) of the Income Support Regulations shall be omitted.

(6) This paragraph applies to a claimant to whom regulation 1(3) of the 2003 Regulations applies and in that case in regulation 62(2B)(15) of the Income Support Regulations sub-paragraphs (a) and (b) shall be omitted.

(7) Except in a case to which paragraph (8) applies, regulation 131(3A)(16) of the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations shall be omitted.

(8) This paragraph applies to a claimant to whom regulation 1(7) of the 2003 Regulations applies and in that case in regulation 131(3A)(17) of the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations sub-paragraphs (a) and (b) shall be omitted.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department for Social Development on 6th July 2005.

L.S.

John O'Neill

A senior officer of the

Department for Social Development

The Department of Finance and Personnel hereby consents to regulation 2(1), (2), (3)(a) and (4) of the foregoing Regulations.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Finance and Personnel on 7th July 2005.

L.S.

Mary McIvor

A senior officer of the

Department of Finance and Personnel

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