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The Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments No. 4) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008

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1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments No. 4) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008 and shall come into operation on 30th October 2008.

Amendment of the Social Security (Claims and Payments) Regulations

2.—(1) The Social Security (Claims and Payments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987(1) are amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (5).

(2) In regulation 3 (claims not required for entitlement to benefit in certain cases) for paragraph (da)(2) substitute—

(da)in the case of a bereavement payment where the beneficiary is in receipt of a retirement pension at the date of death of the beneficiary’s spouse or civil partner and satisfies the conditions of entitlement under section 36(1) of the Contributions and Benefits Act(3);.

(3) In regulation 4 (making a claim for benefit)—

(a)in paragraph (1)(4) for “paragraphs (10) and (11)” substitute “paragraphs (10) to (11B)”;

(b)in paragraph (1A)(5) at the beginning insert “Subject to paragraph (11A),”;

(c)after paragraph (11)(6) insert—

(11A) A claim for income support or jobseeker’s allowance may be made by telephone call to the telephone number specified by the Department where such a claim falls within a category of case which the Department accepts for the purposes of making a telephone claim.

(11B) Paragraph (11A) shall apply unless in any particular case the Department directs that the claim must be made in writing.; and

(d)in paragraph (12) for “paragraph (11)” substitute “paragraph (11) or (11A)”.

(4) In regulation 6 (date of claim)—

(a)in paragraph (1)(c)(7) for “regulation 4(11)” substitute “regulation 4(11) or (11A)”;

(b)in paragraph (21)(8)—

(i)after “the further claim” insert “for a relevant benefit”, and

(ii)for “on which the additional circumstances apply” substitute “of the decision to award, re-award, or recommence payment of the qualifying benefit on the grounds that sub-paragraph (a), (b), (c) or (d) was satisfied”;

(c)in paragraph (33)(9)—

(i)after “carer’s allowance” insert “or for an increase in carer’s allowance in respect of an adult or child dependant”, and

(ii)for “is the first day in respect of which that qualifying benefit is payable” substitute “shall be treated as the first day of the benefit week in which the award of the qualifying benefit became payable”; and

(d)for paragraph (34)(10) substitute—

(34) Where the decision awarding a qualifying benefit is made in respect of a renewal claim where a fixed period award of that benefit has expired, or is due to expire, the date of claim for carer’s allowance shall be treated as the first day of the benefit week in which the renewal award of the qualifying benefit became payable..

(5) In regulation 22(1)(11) (long term benefits) for “four weeks, or weekly in advance” substitute “four weeks in arrears, weekly in advance or, where the beneficiary agrees, at intervals not exceeding 13 weeks in arrears”.

Amendment of the Social Security and Child Support (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations

3.—(1) The Social Security and Child Support (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999(12) are amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (4).

(2) In regulation 3 (revision of decisions) after paragraph (8A)(13) insert—

(8B) A decision made under Article 9 or 11 (“the original decision”) may be revised at any time—

(a)where on or after the date of the original decision—

(i)a late paid contribution is treated as paid under regulation 5 of the Social Security (Crediting and Treatment of Contributions and National Insurance Numbers) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2001(14) on a date which falls on or before the date on which the original decision was made,

(ii)a direction is given under regulation 6 of those Regulations(15) that a late contribution shall be treated as paid on a date which falls on or before the date on which the original decision was made, or

(iii)an unpaid contribution is treated as paid under regulation 60 of the Social Security (Contributions) Regulations 2001(16) on a date which falls on or before the date on which the original decision was made; and

(b)where any of heads (i), (ii) or (iii) of sub-paragraph (a) apply, either an award of benefit would have been made or the amount of benefit awarded would have been different..

(3) In regulation 6(2) (supersession of decisions)—

(a)in sub-paragraph (g)(17) for “doctor” substitute “health care professional”; and

(b)after sub-paragraph (q)(18) add—

(r)is a decision where on or after the date on which the decision was made, a late or unpaid contribution is treated as paid under—

(i)regulation 5 of the Social Security (Crediting and Treatment of Contributions and National Insurance Numbers) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2001 on a date which falls on or before the date on which the original decision was made,

(ii)regulation 6 of those Regulations on a date which falls on or before the date on which the original decision was made, or

(iii)regulation 60 of the Social Security (Contributions) Regulations 2001 on a date which falls on or before the date on which the original decision was made..

(4) In regulation 7 (date from which a decision superseded under Article 11 takes effect)—

(a)in paragraph (1)(a)(19) after “(2)(b)” insert “, (bb)”;

(b)in paragraph (2)(20) for sub-paragraphs (bb) and (bc) substitute—

(bb)where the decision is advantageous to the claimant and is made on the Department’s own initiative—

(i)except where head (ii) applies, from the beginning of the benefit week in which the Department commenced action with a view to supersession, or

(ii)in the case of a claimant who is in receipt of income support, jobseeker’s allowance or state pension credit where benefit is paid in advance and the Department commenced action with a view to supersession on a day which was not the first day of the benefit week, from the beginning of the benefit week following the week in which the Department commenced such action;

(bc)where—

(i)the claimant is a disabled person or a disabled person’s partner;

(ii)the decision is advantageous to the claimant; and

(iii)the decision is made in connection with the cessation of payment of a carer’s allowance relating to that disabled person,

the day after the last day for which carer’s allowance was paid to a person other than the claimant or the claimant’s partner;;

(c)omit paragraph (2A)(21);

(d)after paragraph (8)(22) insert—

(8A) Where a decision is superseded in accordance with regulation 6(2)(r), the superseding decision shall take effect from the date on which the late or unpaid contribution is treated as paid.;

(e)in paragraph (9)(b) and (c)(23) for “first pay day (as specified in Schedule 6 to the Claims and Payments Regulations) after” substitute “date on which”; and

(f)in paragraph (30)(24) omit “immediately following the day”.

Amendment of the Housing Benefit (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations

4.—(1) The Housing Benefit (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2001(25) are amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) and (3).

(2) In regulation 11 (cases where a relevant authority may suspend) after paragraph (2) insert—

(2A) For the purposes of paragraph 13(3)(c) of Schedule 7 to the Act the prescribed circumstances are that a decision of an appeal tribunal, a Commissioner or a court has been made and the relevant authority—

(a)is waiting to receive that decision or, in the case of an appeal tribunal decision, is considering whether to apply for a statement of reasons for it, or has applied for such a statement and is waiting to receive it; or

(b)has received that decision or, in the case of an appeal tribunal decision, the statement of reasons for it, and is considering whether to apply for leave to appeal, or where leave to appeal has been granted, is considering whether to appeal,

and the relevant authority shall as soon as reasonably practicable give written notice of its intention to apply for a statement of the reasons for a tribunal decision, to apply for leave to appeal, or to appeal..

(3) In regulation 21(death of a party to an appeal) after paragraph (3) add—

(4) For the purposes of this regulation “appeal” means an appeal to an appeal tribunal, a Commissioner or a court..

Amendment of the Housing Benefit Regulations

5.  In regulation 77(11) of the Housing Benefit Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006(26) (date on which change of circumstances is to take effect) for “liable to make payments in respect of” substitute “occupying”.

Amendment of the Housing Benefit (Persons who have attained the qualifying age for state pension credit) Regulations

6.  In regulation 57(11) of the Housing Benefit (Persons who have attained the qualifying age for state pension credit) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006(27) (date on which change of circumstances is to take effect) for “liable to make payments in respect of” substitute “occupying”.

Revocations

7.  The Regulations specified in column (1) of the Schedule are revoked to the extent specified in column (3).

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department for Social Development on 9th October 2008

(L.S.)

John O’Neill

A senior officer of the Department for Social Development

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