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The Employment and Support Allowance (Consequential Provisions No. 2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008

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1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Employment and Support Allowance (Consequential Provisions No. 2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008 and shall come into operation on 27th October 2008.

Amendment of the Legal Aid, Advice and Assistance Order

2.—(1) The Legal Aid, Advice and Assistance (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(1) is amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (4).

(2) In Article 3(1)(b)(2) (persons eligible for advice and assistance) for the words from “or an income-based jobseeker’s allowance” to the end substitute “, an income-based jobseeker’s allowance (payable under the Jobseekers (Northern Ireland) Order 1995) or an income-related allowance under Part 1 of the Welfare Reform Act (Northern Ireland) 2007 (employment and support allowance).”.

(3) In Article 7(2)(3) (contributions from persons receiving advice or assistance) for “or an income-based jobseeker’s allowance (payable under the Jobseekers (Northern Ireland) Order 1995)” substitute “, an income-based jobseeker’s allowance (payable under the Jobseekers (Northern Ireland) Order 1995) or an income-related allowance under Part 1 of the Welfare Reform Act (Northern Ireland) 2007 (employment and support allowance)”.

(4) In Article 14(5)(4) (assessment of disposable capital and income and of maximum contribution) for the words from “or an income-based jobseeker’s allowance” to the end substitute “, an income-based jobseeker’s allowance (payable under the Jobseekers (Northern Ireland) Order 1995) or an income-related allowance under Part 1 of the Welfare Reform Act (Northern Ireland) 2007 (employment and support allowance).”.

Amendment of the Employment Rights Order

3.  In Article 122 of the Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(5) (short-term incapacity benefit and industrial injury benefit)—

(a)in the heading after “short-term incapacity benefit” insert “, contributory employment and support allowance”; and

(b)in paragraph (1)(b) after “short-term incapacity benefit” insert “, contributory employment and support allowance”.

Amendment of the Legal Aid (Assessment of Resources) Regulations

4.—(1) The Legal Aid (Assessment of Resources) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1981(6) are amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (4).

(2) In regulation 1(2) (interpretation) after the definition of “income-based jobseeker’s allowance”(7) insert—

“income-related employment and support allowance” means an income-related allowance under Part 1 of the Welfare Reform Act (Northern Ireland) 2007 (employment and support allowance);.

(3) In paragraph 5 of Schedule 1(8) (rules for computing disposable income) for “or of income-based jobseeker’s allowance” substitute “, income-based jobseeker’s allowance or income-related employment and support allowance” and for “or income-based jobseeker’s allowance” substitute “, income-based jobseeker’s allowance or income-related employment and support allowance”.

(4) In paragraph 6A of Schedule 2(9) (rules for computing disposable capital) for “or income-based jobseeker’s allowance” substitute “, income-based jobseeker’s allowance or income-related employment and support allowance”.

Amendment of the Legal Advice and Assistance Regulations

5.—(1) The Legal Advice and Assistance Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1981(10) are amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (6).

(2) In regulation 3 (interpretation) after the definition “income-based jobseeker’s allowance”(11) insert—

“income-related employment and support allowance” means an income-related allowance under Part 1 of the Welfare Reform Act (Northern Ireland) 2007 (employment and support allowance);

(3) In regulation 5(2)(b)(12) (applications for advice and assistance) for “or income-based jobseeker’s allowance,” substitute “, income-based jobseeker’s allowance or income-related employment and support allowance”.

(4) In regulation 6(2)(b)(13) (attendance on behalf of a client) for “or income-based jobseeker’s allowance” substitute “, income-based jobseeker’s allowance or income-related employment and support allowance”.

(5) In regulation 7(2)(14) (determination of disposable income and disposable capital and maximum contribution) for “or income-based jobseeker’s allowance” substitute “, income-based jobseeker’s allowance or income-related employment and support allowance”.

(6) In paragraph (e) of Schedule 4(15) (exceptions to charge on property recovered or preserved) after “income-based jobseeker’s allowance,” insert “income-related employment and support allowance,”.

Amendment of the Adoption Allowance Regulations

6.—(1) The Adoption Allowance Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996(16) are amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) and (3).

(2) In regulation 1(2) (interpretation) after the definition of “disability living allowance” insert—

“employment and support allowance” means employment and support allowance under Part 1 of the Welfare Reform Act (Northern Ireland) 2007;.

(3) In regulation 6(5)(c) (review, variation and termination of allowances) for “or jobseeker’s allowance” substitute “, jobseeker’s allowance or employment and support allowance”.

Amendment of the National Minimum Wage Regulations

7.  In regulation 12(11)(b)(i) of the National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999(17) (workers who do not qualify for the national minimum wage) after “Welfare Reform Act 2007” insert “or, as the case may be, Part 1 of the Welfare Reform Act (Northern Ireland) 2007”.

Amendment of the Education (Student Loans) (Repayment) Regulations

8.  In regulation 15(5) of the Education (Student Loans) (Repayment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000(18) (time for and amount of repayments)—

(a)omit “and” after sub-paragraph (g); and

(b)after sub-paragraph (h) add—

and

(i)employment and support allowance payable under Part 1 of the Welfare Reform Act (Northern Ireland) 2007..

Amendment of the Asylum Support Regulations

9.  In regulation 4(6)(b) of the Asylum Support Regulations 2000(19) (persons excluded from support)—

(a)omit “or” after paragraph (i); and

(b)after paragraph (ii) add—

or

(iii)income-related employment and support allowance payable under Part 1 of the Welfare Reform Act (Northern Ireland) 2007..

Amendment of the Tax Credits (Income Thresholds and Determination of Rates) Regulations

10.  In regulation 4(e) of the Tax Credits (Income Thresholds and Determination of Rates) Regulations 2002(20) (social security benefits prescribed for the purposes of section 7(2) of the Act) after “Welfare Reform Act 2007” insert “or Part 1 of the Welfare Reform Act (Northern Ireland) 2007”.

Amendment of the Child Benefit (General) Regulations

11.  In regulation 8(2)(e) of the Child Benefit (General) Regulations 2006(21) (child benefit not payable in respect of qualifying young person: other financial support) after “Welfare Reform Act 2007” insert “or Part 1 of the Welfare Reform Act (Northern Ireland) 2007”.

Amendment of the Healthy Start Scheme and Day Care Food Scheme Regulations

12.—(1) The Healthy Start Scheme and Day Care Food Scheme Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006(22) are amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (4).

(2) In regulation 3(1) (healthy start scheme interpretation) after the definition of “income-based job-seeker’s allowance” insert—

“income-related employment and support allowance” means an income-related allowance payable under Part 1 of the Welfare Reform Act (Northern Ireland) 2007;.

(3) In regulation 4(3)(a) (entitlement to benefit) after head (iii) insert—

or

(iv)an income-related employment and support allowance;.

(4) In paragraph 4(1)(a) of Schedule 1 (application for benefit)—

(a)omit “or” after sub-head (ii); and

(b)at the end of sub-head (iii) for “and” substitute—

or

(iv)an income-related employment and support allowance; and.

Amendment of the Gender Recognition (Application Fees) Order

13.  In Article 5(e) of the Gender Recognition (Application Fees) Order 2006(23) (definition of qualifying benefits) after “Welfare Reform Act 2007” insert “or Part 1 of the Welfare Reform Act (Northern Ireland) 2007”.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department for Social Development on 6th October 2008

(L.S.)

John O’Neill

A senior officer of the Department for Social Development

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