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The Education (Student Support) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007

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Split contributions – eligible students who are not independent

10.—(1) This paragraph applies where a contribution is payable in relation to an eligible student who is not an independent eligible student.

(2) Sub-paragraphs (3) to (7) apply where the children who are eligible students are either all old system students or are all current system students.

(3) For any year in which a statutory award other than an award referred to in sub-paragraph (4) is held by—

(a)more than one child of the eligible student’s parents;

(b)the eligible student’s parent; or

(c)the eligible student’s parent’s partner,

the contribution payable in respect of the eligible student is such proportion of any contribution calculated under paragraph 8 or 9 as the Department after consultation with any other authority involved considers just taking into account the application of paragraph 7 to new eligible students and existing students respectively.

(4) Subject to the following sub-paragraphs, for any year in which an award payable under these Regulations, the Education (Student Awards) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003(1), the 1986 Order or Article 44 of the Health and Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1972 the amount of which is calculated by reference to his income (and no other statutory award) is held by more than one child of the eligible student’s parents, the contribution payable in respect of the eligible student is an amount equal to the contribution calculated under paragraph 8 or 9 divided by the number of children who hold a relevant statutory award.

(5) If, as a result of the apportionment under sub-paragraph (4), the contribution would not be extinguished by applying it in respect of the eligible student’s statutory award, the remainder of the contribution is instead applied—

(i)first in relation to the smallest statutory award (or each such statutory award) to which the contribution may apply; and

(ii)then, in increasing order of size, in relation to each remaining statutory award to which the contribution may apply, until the balance of the contribution can be apportioned equally without any part of it remaining or until there remains no part of any statutory award to which the contribution has not been applied.

(6) Where—

(a)the eligible student’s parent whose income is assessed under this Schedule has a partner;

(b)a contribution taking into account the residual income of that parent is payable in relation to more than one eligible student who is the child of either that parent or his partner; and

(c)the amount payable in relation to each eligible student is not the same in every case,

the contribution in respect of each eligible student is calculated under sub-paragraph (7).

(7) Where sub-paragraph (6) applies, the contribution in respect of an eligible student is an amount equal to the contribution calculated under paragraph 8 or 9 divided by the number of eligible students referred to in paragraph (b) of sub-paragraph (6) in relation to whom a contribution is payable and where the contribution is not extinguished by applying it in respect of the eligible student’s statutory award, the remainder of the contribution is applied in the same way as in sub-paragraph (5) to the relevant statutory award of the eligible students in his relevant household.

(8) Where—

(a)a contribution taking into account the residual income of the parent of an eligible student is payable in relation to more than one eligible student who is the child of that parent or of the parent’s partner; and

(b)the amount payable in relation to each eligible student is not the same in every case because some of the eligible students are old system students and some are current system students,

the contribution in respect of an eligible student is calculated under sub-paragraph (9).

(9) Where sub-paragraph (8) applies, the contribution in respect of an eligible student is an amount equal to the contribution calculated under paragraph 8 or 9 divided by the number of eligible students referred to in paragraph (a) of sub-paragraph (8) in relation to whom a contribution is payable and where the contribution is not extinguished by applying it in respect of the eligible student’s statutory award, the remainder of the contribution is applied in the same way as in sub-paragraph (5) to the relevant statutory awards of the other old system students where the eligible student is an old system student and to the relevant statutory awards of the other current system students where the eligible student is a current system student.

(10) Where a contribution taking into account the residual income of the eligible student’s parent is payable in respect of more than one child of that parent or that parent’s partner, if any, and the residual income of any such eligible student is greater than nil, the contribution in relation to each eligible student is calculated in accordance with the following sub-paragraphs—

(a)the contribution in respect of the eligible student is calculated without reference to paragraph 4 but otherwise in accordance with this Schedule and is apportioned between each eligible student in accordance with this paragraph;

(b)there is then applied in addition in respect of the eligible student a further contribution of £1 for every complete £12.50 by which the sum calculated in respect of the student under paragraph (c) exceeds £23,085 where the student is an old system student or, £1 for every complete £9.50 by which the sum calculated in respect of the student under paragraph (c) exceeds £38,805 where the student is a current system student;

(c)the sum referred to in paragraph (b) is the aggregate of any amounts calculated under paragraphs 4, 5 and 7 (where appropriate) with the deduction of the amount (if any) by which the aggregate of the amounts calculated under paragraphs 5 and 7 exceeds £23,085 where the student is an old system student or exceeds £38,805 where the student is a current system student.

(11) Subject to sub-paragraph (12), there is added to a parent student’s residual income for the purpose of calculating the contribution to his statutory award any sum remaining—

(a)where the parent student is the parent of only one eligible student and the contribution payable in respect of that eligible student is greater than the statutory award in respect of that eligible student, the difference between that contribution and that statutory award; or

(b)where a parent student is the parent of more than one eligible student, any sum remaining after the apportionment of the contribution to his children under this paragraph.

(12) Where a parent student has a partner within paragraph 1(j), the sums added to his residual income under sub-paragraph (11) are calculated as though the contribution in respect of his children had been assessed taking into account the income of the parent’s partner under paragraph 7, whether or not the contribution was actually calculated on that basis.

(13) In this paragraph, “relevant household” means all those eligible students in respect of whom a contribution is calculated with reference to the same income under both paragraphs 5 and 7.

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