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The Social Fund (Cold Weather Payments) (General) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005

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1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Social Fund (Cold Weather Payments) (General) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005 and shall come into operation on 1st November 2005.

(2) In these Regulations, “the principal Regulations” means the Social Fund (Cold Weather Payments) (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1988(1).

(3) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(2) shall apply to these Regulations as it applies to an Act of the Assembly.

Amendment of regulation 1 of the principal Regulations

2.  In regulation 1 of the principal Regulations (citation, commencement and interpretation)—

(a)in paragraph (2) —

(i)in the definition of “claimant”, after “income support” there shall be added “, state pension credit or income-based jobseeker’s allowance”(3),

(ii)the definitions of “married couple”, “partner”, “sector” and “unmarried couple” shall be omitted(4),

(iii)for the definition of “postcode”, there shall be substituted the following definition—

“Post Office postcode area” means those parts of Northern Ireland which are described in the postcode map published by Datamaps Ltd(5) and are identified by the postcode in question;,

(iv)after the definition of “recorded period of cold weather”, there shall be inserted the following definition—

“state pension credit” has the meaning given by section 1(1) of the State Pension Credit Act (Northern Ireland) 2002(6);, and

(b)paragraphs (3) and (4) shall be omitted.

Amendment of regulation 2 of the principal Regulations

3.  In regulation 2 of the principal Regulations (prescribed circumstances)—

(a)in paragraph (1)(a)(i) and (ii) for “Schedule 1”, in both places where it occurs, there shall be substituted “the Schedule”;

(b)in paragraph (1)(b) the words “or part of such an area” shall be omitted;

(c)in paragraph (1A) for “Schedule 1” there shall be substituted “the Schedule”;

(d)in paragraph (2)(a)—

(i)for “Schedule 1” there shall be substituted “the Schedule”,

(ii)the words “or parts thereof” shall be omitted, and

(iii)for “that Schedule” there shall be substituted “the Schedule”;

(e)in paragraph (2)(b)—

(i)the words “or part of such an area”, in both places where they occur, shall be omitted, and

(ii)for “that Schedule” there shall be substituted “the Schedule”.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department for Social Development on 10th October 2005.

L.S.

John O'Neill

A senior officer of the

Department for Social Development

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