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The Housing Benefit (Persons who have attained the qualifying age for state pension credit) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. PART I

    1. 1.Citation and commencement

    2. 2.Interpretation

    3. 3.Definition of non-dependant

    4. 4.Cases in which section 1(1A) of the Administration Act is disapplied

    5. 5.Persons who have attained the qualifying age for state pension credit

    6. 6.Remunerative work

  3. PART II

    1. 7.Circumstances in which a person is or is not to be treated as occupying a dwelling as his home

    2. 8.Circumstances in which a person is to be treated as liable to make payments in respect of a dwelling

    3. 9.Circumstances in which a person is to be treated as not liable to make payments in respect of a dwelling

    4. 10.Persons from abroad

  4. PART III

    1. 11.Eligible housing costs

    2. 12.Rates

    3. 13.Rent

    4. 14.Maximum rent

    5. 15.Decisions

    6. 16.Pre-tenancy decisions

  5. PART IV

    1. 17.Persons of prescribed description

    2. 18.Circumstances in which a person is to be treated as responsible or not responsible for another

    3. 19.Circumstances in which a person is to be treated as being or not being a member of the household

  6. PART V

    1. 20.Applicable amounts

  7. PART VI

    1. SECTION 1

      1. 21.Calculation of income and capital of members of claimant’s family and of a polygamous marriage

      2. 22.Circumstances in which income of non-dependant is to be treated as claimant’s

    2. SECTION 2

      1. 23.Calculation of income and capital

      2. 24.Claimant in receipt of guarantee credit

      3. 25.Calculation of claimant’s income and capital in savings credit only cases

      4. 26.Calculation of income and capital where state pension credit is not payable

      5. 27.Meaning of “income”

      6. 28.Calculation of income on a weekly basis

      7. 29.Treatment of child care charges

      8. 30.Calculation of average weekly income from tax credits

      9. 31.Calculation of weekly income

      10. 32.Disregard of changes in tax, contributions etc.

    3. SECTION 3

      1. 33.Earnings of employed earners

      2. 34.Calculation of net earnings of employed earners

    4. SECTION 4

      1. 35.Calculation of earnings of self-employed earners

      2. 36.Earnings of self-employed earners

      3. 37.Calculation of net profit of self-employed earners

      4. 38.Deduction of tax and contributions of self-employed earners

    5. SECTION 5

      1. 39.Notional income

      2. 40.Income paid to third parties

    6. SECTION 6

      1. 41.Capital limit

      2. 42.Calculation of capital

      3. 43.Calculation of capital in the United Kingdom

      4. 44.Calculation of capital outside the United Kingdom

      5. 45.Notional capital

      6. 46.Diminishing notional capital rule

      7. 47.Capital jointly held

  8. PART VII

    1. 48.Maximum housing benefit

    2. 49.Housing benefit tapers

    3. 50.Reduction where amount payable under regulation 70 of the Housing Benefit Regulations

    4. 51.Extended payments (severe disablement allowance and incapacity benefit)

    5. 52.Continuing payments where state pension credit claimed

    6. 53.Non-dependant deductions

    7. 54.Minimum housing benefit

  9. PART VIII

    1. 55.Date on which entitlement is to commence

    2. 56.Date on which housing benefit is to end where entitlement to severe disablement allowance or incapacity benefit ceases

    3. 57.Date on which change of circumstances is to take effect

    4. 58.Change of circumstances where state pension credit payable

    5. 59.Calculation of weekly amounts

    6. 60.Rent and rate-free periods

  10. PART IX

    1. 61.Who may claim

    2. 62.Time and manner in which claims are to be made

    3. 63.Evidence and information

    4. 64.Amendment and withdrawal of claim

    5. 65.Duty to notify changes of circumstances

  11. PART X

    1. 66.Decisions by a relevant authority

    2. 67.Notification of decision

  12. PART XI

    1. 68.Time and manner of payment

    2. 69.Circumstances in which a rate rebate may be treated as if it fell to be paid as a rent allowance

    3. 70.Frequency of payment of a rent allowance

    4. 71.Payment on account of a rent allowance

    5. 72.Payment to be made to a person entitled

    6. 73.Circumstances in which payment is to be made to a landlord or the Department of Finance and Personnel

    7. 74.Circumstances in which payment may be made to a landlord or the Department of Finance and Personnel

    8. 75.Payment on death of the person entitled

    9. 76.Offsetting

  13. PART XII

    1. 77.Meaning of overpayment

    2. 78.Recoverable overpayments

    3. 79.Person from whom recovery may be sought

    4. 80.Method of recovery

    5. 81.Diminution of capital

    6. 82.Sums to be deducted in calculating recoverable overpayments

    7. 83.Recovery of overpayments from prescribed benefits

    8. 84.Prescribed benefits

    9. 85.Restrictions on recovery of rent and consequent modifications

  14. PART XIII

    1. 86.Interpretation

    2. 87.Requiring information

    3. 88.Circumstances for requiring information

    4. 89.Relevant information

    5. 90.Manner of supply of information

    6. 91.Criminal offence

  15. Signature

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      Ineligible service charges

      1. PART I Service charges other than for fuel

        1. 1.Ineligible service charges

        2. 2.Amount ineligible for meals

        3. 3.Amount of ineligible charges

        4. 4.Excessive service costs

      2. PART II Payments in respect of fuel charges

        1. 5.A service charge for fuel except a charge in respect...

        2. 6.(1) Where a charge is ineligible to be met by...

        3. 7.(1) Where rent is payable other than weekly, any amount...

        4. 8.In this Schedule— “communal area” means any area (other than...

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      Decisions of rent payable

      1. PART I Decisions

        1. 1.Significantly high rents

        2. 2.Size and rent

        3. 3.Exceptionally high rents

        4. 4.Local reference rents

        5. 5.Single room rents

        6. 6.Claim-related rent

      2. PART II Assumptions, etc.

        1. 7.Ineligible charges and support charges

        2. 8.Housing associations etc.

      3. PART III Indicative rent levels

        1. 9.(1) The Executive shall decide the indicative rent level for...

      4. PART IV Size criteria

        1. 10.One bedroom or room suitable for living in shall be...

        2. 11.The number of rooms (excluding any allowed under paragraph 10)...

      5. PART V Special cases

        1. 12.Houseboats

        2. 13.Mobile homes

        3. 14.Rental purchase agreements

      6. PART VI Interpretation

        1. 15.In this Schedule— “uncontrolled tenancy” means a tenancy which is...

    3. SCHEDULE 3

      Excluded tenancies

      1. 1.An excluded tenancy is any tenancy to which any of...

      2. 2.(1) Subject to the following sub-paragraphs, where the Executive has...

      3. 3.This paragraph applies where the landlord is a registered housing...

      4. 4.This paragraph applies to a tenancy which is a protected...

      5. 5.(1) Subject to sub-paragraphs (2) and (3) this paragraph applies...

      6. 6.In this Schedule expressions have the same meaning as in...

    4. SCHEDULE 4

      Applicable amounts

      1. PART I Personal allowances

        1. 1.The amount specified in column (2) in respect of each...

        2. 2.(1) The amounts specified in column (2) in respect of...

      2. PART II Family premium

        1. 3.(1) The amount for the purposes of regulations 20(1)(c) and...

      3. PART III Premiums

        1. 4.The premiums specified in Part IV shall, for the purposes...

        2. 5.(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2), for the purposes of this...

        3. 6.Severe Disability Premium

        4. 7.Enhanced disability premium

        5. 8.Disabled child premium

        6. 9.Carer premium

        7. 10.Persons in receipt of concessionary payments

        8. 11.Person in receipt of benefit

      4. PART IV Amounts of premiums specified in Part III

    5. SCHEDULE 5

      Sums disregarded from claimant’s earnings

      1. 1.Where 2 or more of paragraphs 2 to 5 apply...

      2. 2.In a case where a claimant is a lone parent,...

      3. 3.(1) In a case of earnings from any employment or...

      4. 4.(1) If the claimant or, if he has a partner,...

      5. 5.(1) £20 is disregarded if the claimant or, if he...

      6. 6.Any amount or the balance of any amount which would...

      7. 7.Except where the claimant or his partner qualifies for a...

      8. 8.Any earnings other than earnings referred to in regulation 31(8)(b),...

      9. 9.(1) In a case where the claimant is a person...

      10. 10.Where a payment of earnings is made in a currency...

    6. SCHEDULE 6

      Amounts to be disregarded in the calculation of income other than earnings

      1. 1.In addition to any sum which falls to be disregarded...

      2. 2.£10 of a pension paid to victims of National Socialist...

      3. 3.The whole of any amount included in a pension to...

      4. 4.Any mobility supplement under article 20 of the Naval, Military...

      5. 5.Any supplementary pension under article 23(2) of the Naval, Military...

      6. 6.In the case of a pension awarded at the supplementary...

      7. 7.(1) Any payment which is— (a) made under any of...

      8. 8.£15 of any widowed parent’s allowance to which the claimant...

      9. 9.£15 of any widowed mother’s allowance to which the claimant...

      10. 10.Where the claimant occupies a dwelling as his home and...

      11. 11.If the claimant— (a) owns the freehold or leasehold interest...

      12. 12.Where a claimant receives income under an annuity purchased with...

      13. 13.(1) Any payment, other than a payment to which sub-paragraph...

      14. 14.Any increase in pension under Part III of the Naval,...

      15. 15.Any payment ordered by a court to be made to...

      16. 16.Periodic payments made to the claimant or the claimant’s partner...

      17. 17.Any income which is payable outside the United Kingdom for...

      18. 18.Any banking charges or commission payable in converting to sterling...

      19. 19.Where the claimant makes a parental contribution in respect of...

      20. 20.(1) Where the claimant is the parent of a student...

      21. 21.(1) Where a claimant’s applicable amount includes an amount by...

      22. 22.Except in a case which falls under paragraph 9 of...

      23. 23.Except in the case of income from capital specified in...

      24. 24.Any special war widows payment made under——

      25. 25.Where the total value of any capital specified in Part...

    7. SCHEDULE 7

      Capital to be disregarded

      1. PART I Capital to be disregarded generally

        1. 1.Any premises or land acquired for occupation by the claimant...

        2. 2.Any premises which the claimant intends to occupy as his...

        3. 3.Any premises which the claimant intends to occupy as his...

        4. 4.Any premises occupied in whole or in part by—

        5. 5.Any future interest in property of any kind, other than...

        6. 6.Where a claimant has ceased to occupy what was formerly...

        7. 7.Any premises or land where the claimant is taking reasonable...

        8. 8.All personal possessions.

        9. 9.The assets of any business owned in whole or in...

        10. 10.The assets of any business owned in whole or in...

        11. 11.The surrender value of any policy of life insurance.

        12. 12.The value of any funeral plan contract; and for this...

        13. 13.Where an ex-gratia payment has been made by the Secretary...

        14. 14.(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2), the amount of any trust...

        15. 15.The amount of any payment, other than a war disablement...

        16. 16.(1) Any payment made under— (a) the Macfarlane Trust, the...

        17. 17.(1) An amount equal to the amount of any payment...

        18. 18.Any amount specified in paragraph 19, 20 or 21 for...

        19. 19.Amounts paid under a policy of insurance in connection with...

        20. 20.So much of any amounts paid to the claimant or...

        21. 21.(1) Subject to paragraph 22, any amount paid—

        22. 22.(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (3), any payment of £5,000 or...

        23. 23.Where a capital asset is held in a currency other...

        24. 24.The value of the right to receive income from an...

        25. 25.The value of a right to receive income under a...

        26. 26.The dwelling occupied as the home; but only one dwelling...

        27. 27.Where an ex-gratia payment has been made by the Secretary...

        28. 28.Where a person elects to be entitled to a lump...

      2. PART II Capital disregarded only for the purposes of determining deemed income

        1. 29.The value of the right to receive any income under...

        2. 30.The value of the right to receive any rent except...

        3. 31.The value of the right to receive any income under...

        4. 32.Where property is held under a trust, other than—

    8. SCHEDULE 8

      Extended payments (severe disablement allowance and incapacity benefit) of housing benefit

      1. 1.Condition for an extended payment (severe disablement allowance and incapacity benefit)

      2. 2.Calculation and payment of an extended payment (severe disablement allowance and incapacity benefit)

      3. 3.Movers

      4. 4.Movers and rent allowances

      5. 5.Movers and rent and rate rebates

      6. 6.Movers and extended payments (severe disablement allowance and incapacity benefit)

      7. 7.Maximum housing benefit

      8. 8.Movers and rate rebates

      9. 9.Movers with 2 homes

      10. 10.Adjustment of entitlement in respect of an extended payment (severe disablement allowance and incapacity benefit)

      11. 11.Interpretation

    9. SCHEDULE 9

      Matters to be included in decision notice

      1. PART I General

        1. 1.The statement of matters to be included in any decision...

        2. 2.Every decision notice shall include a statement as to the...

        3. 3.Every decision notice shall include a statement as to the...

        4. 4.Every decision notice following an application for a revision in...

        5. 5.Every decision notice following an application for a revision in...

        6. 6.An authority may include in the decision notice any other...

        7. 7.Parts II, III and VI shall apply only to the...

        8. 8.Where a decision notice is given following a revision of...

      2. PART II Awards where state pension credit is payable

        1. 9.(1) Where a person on state pension credit is awarded...

      3. PART III Awards where no state pension credit is payable

        1. 10.Where a person is not on state pension credit but...

      4. PART IV Awards where direct payments made to landlords

        1. 11.Where a decision has been made under regulation 73 or...

        2. 12.In this Schedule, “landlord” has the same meaning as in...

      5. PART V Notice where income of non-dependant is treated as claimant’s

        1. 13.Where an authority makes a decision under regulation 22 the...

      6. PART VI Notice where no award is made

        1. 14.(1) Where a person is not awarded housing benefit—

      7. PART VII Notice where recoverable overpayment

        1. 15.(1) Where the appropriate authority makes a decision that there...

      8. PART VIII Notice following a decision on a work-focused interview

        1. 16.(1) This Part applies in a case where a decision...

  16. Explanatory Note

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