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The Social Security (Claims and Payments) (Amendment No. 3) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007

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1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Social Security (Claims and Payments) (Amendment No. 3) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007 and shall come into operation on 31st July 2007.

Amendment of the Social Security (Claims and Payments) Regulations

2.  In Schedule 8A to the Social Security (Claims and Payments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987(1) (deductions from benefits and direct payment to third parties)—

(a)in paragraph 1 (interpretation)—

(i)after the definition of “the Income Support Regulations” insert—

“integration loan which is recoverable by deductions” means an integration loan made under the Integration Loans for Refugees and Others Regulations 2007(2) and which is recoverable from the recipient by deductions from a specified benefit under regulation 9 of those Regulations;, and

(ii)in paragraph (a) of the definition of “specified benefit”(3) after “water charges” insert “and integration loans”;

(b)after paragraph 7B(4) (arrears of child support maintenance) insert—

Integration loans

7C.(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2) and paragraphs 8 and 9, where a person has an integration loan which is recoverable by deductions, the weekly amount payable in respect of the loan shall be equal to 5 per cent. of the personal allowance for a single claimant aged not less than 25 years, including where the loan is a joint loan.

(2) Notwithstanding paragraph 8(1), no deduction may be made under sub-paragraph (1) unless the amount of the beneficiary’s award of the specified benefit is not less than the amount authorised to be so paid under that sub-paragraph plus 10 pence.;

(c)in paragraph 8 (aggregate amounts and maximum amount of payments to third parties)—

(i)in sub-paragraph (2)(5) for “, 7(3) and 7A” substitute “, 7(3), 7A and 7C”,

(ii)in sub-paragraph (2A)(6) for “and 7B” substitute “, 7B and 7C”, and

(iii)in sub-paragraph (3)(7) for “, 6(2) and 6A”, in both places where it occurs, substitute “, 6(2), 6A and 7C”; and

(d)in paragraph 9(1)(8) (priority as between debts)—

(i)after “7A” insert “and 7C”, and

(ii)after head (e)(9) add—

(f)any liability mentioned in paragraph 7C (integration loans)..

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3.  Regulation 2(4) of the Social Security (Claims and Payments) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1993(10) and regulation 2(f)(ii) of the Social Security (Claims and Payments) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007(11) are revoked.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department for Social Development on 10th July 2007

(L.S.)

John O’Neill

A senior officer of the Department for Social Development

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