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The Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments No. 7) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008

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Amendment of the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations

3.—(1) The Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996 are amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (7).

(2) In regulation 1(2) (citation, commencement and interpretation)—

(a)after the definition of “attendance allowance” insert—

“the benefit Acts” means the Order, the Benefits Act and Part 1 of the Welfare Reform Act (Northern Ireland) 2007(1);;

(b)in the definition of “concessionary payment” for “under the Order or the Benefits Act” substitute “or tax credits under the benefit Acts or the Tax Credits Act 2002(2)”

(c)in the definition of “mobility supplement” for “Article 26A of the Naval, Military and Air Forces etc. (Disablement and Death) Service Pensions Order 1983” substitute “Article 20 of the Naval, Military and Air Forces etc. (Disablement and Death) Service Pensions Order 2006”;

(d)for the definition of “war disablement pension” substitute—

“war disablement pension” means any retired pay or pension or allowance payable in respect of disablement under an instrument specified in section 639(2) of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003;;

(e)after the definition of “war disablement pension” insert—

“war pension” means a war disablement pension, a war widow’s pension or a war widower’s pension;; and

(f)for the definitions of “war widow’s pension” and “war widower’s pension” substitute—

“war widow’s pension” means any pension or allowance payable to a woman as a widow under an instrument specified in section 639(2) of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003 in respect of the death or disablement of any person;

“war widower’s pension” means any pension or allowance payable to a man as a widower or to a surviving civil partner under an instrument specified in section 639(2) of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003 in respect of the death or disablement of any person;.

(3) In regulations 11(3) (part-time students), 57(1) (interpretation of Part IV) in the definition of “training” and 75(1)(b)(3) (interpretation), in each place it occurs, for “Department of Economic Development” substitute “Department for Employment and Learning”.

(4) In regulations 105(10)(a)(i)(4) (notional income) and 113(3)(a)(i)(5) (notional capital) for “Order or under the Benefits Act a payment from the Armed Forces and Reserved Forces Compensation Scheme, a war disablement pension or war widow’s pension or war widower’s pension” substitute “benefit Acts, a payment from the Armed Forces and Reserved Forces Compensation Scheme, a war disablement pension, war widow’s pension or war widower’s pension or a pension payable to a person as a widow, widower or surviving civil partner under any power of Her Majesty otherwise than under an enactment to make provision about pensions for or in respect of persons who have been disabled or have died in consequence of service as members of the armed forces of the Crown”.

(5) In regulation 130 (interpretation) in the definition of “access funds”(6) in sub-paragraph (e) for “National Assembly of Wales” substitute “Welsh Ministers”.

(6) In Schedule 6 (sums to be disregarded in the calculation of income other than earnings)—

(a)in paragraph 7 omit “, or any mobility allowance accrued under the repealed section 37A of the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Act 1975”;

(b)for paragraph 8(b)(7) substitute—

(b)income support;

(c)an income-based jobseeker’s allowance; or

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

(c)for paragraph 17(8) substitute—

17.  Subject to paragraphs 38 and 39, £10 of any of the following namely—

(a)a war disablement pension (except insofar as such a pension falls to be disregarded under paragraph 9 or 10);

(b)a war widow’s pension or war widower’s pension;

(c)a pension payable to a person as a widow, widower or surviving civil partner under any power of Her Majesty otherwise than under an enactment to make provision about pensions for or in respect of persons who have been disabled or have died in consequence of service as members of the armed forces of the Crown;

(d)a guaranteed income payment and, if the amount of that payment has been abated to less than £10 by a payment under the Armed Forces Pension Scheme 1975 or the Armed Forces Pension Scheme 2005, so much of the pension payable under either of those schemes as would not, in aggregate with the amount of the guaranteed income payment disregarded, exceed £10;

(e)a payment made to compensate for the non-payment of such a pension or payment as is mentioned in any of the preceding sub-paragraphs;

(f)a pension paid by the government of a country outside Great Britain which is analogous to any of the pensions or payments mentioned in sub-paragraphs (a) to (d);

(g)a pension paid to victims of the National Socialist persecution under any special provision made by the law of the Federal Republic of Germany, or any part of it, or the Republic of Austria;

(h)any widowed mother’s allowance paid pursuant to section 37 of the Benefits Act;

(i)any widowed parent’s allowance paid pursuant to section 39A of the Benefits Act.;

(d)in paragraph 26(1)—

(i)in head (b)(9) for “Secretary of State under section 51” substitute “Scottish Ministers under section 51A”, and

(ii)omit head (d)(10);

(e)omit paragraph 40;

(f)in paragraph 43 for “Order or the Benefits Act” substitute “benefit Acts”;

(g)omit paragraph 46;

(h)in paragraph 47(1) for “3, 5, or 8 of the Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1989” substitute “5, 6 or 11 of the Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004”;

(i)for paragraph 48 substitute—

48.  Any payment made to such persons entitled to receive benefits as may be determined by or under a scheme made pursuant to Article 13 of the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1988 in lieu of vouchers or similar arrangements in connection with the provision of those benefits (including payments made in place of healthy start vouchers, milk tokens or the supply of vitamins).;

(j)for paragraphs 52 and 53(11) substitute—

52.(1) If the claimant is in receipt of any benefit under Part II, III or V of the Benefits Act, any increase in the rate of that benefit arising under Part IV (increases for dependants) or section 106(a) (unemployability supplement) of that Act, where the dependant in respect of whom the increase is paid is not a member of the claimant’s family.

(2) If the claimant is in receipt of any pension or allowance under Part II or III of the Naval, Military and Air Forces etc. (Disablement and Death) Service Pensions Order 2006(12), any increase in the rate of that pension or allowance under that Order, where the dependant in respect of whom the increase is paid is not a member of the claimant’s family.

53.  Any supplementary pension under Article 23(2) of the Naval, Military and Air Forces etc. (Disablement and Death) Service Pensions Order 2006 (pensions to surviving spouses and surviving civil partners) and any analogous payment made by the Secretary of State for Defence to any person who is not a person entitled under that Order.; and

(k)for paragraph 55(1)(b)(13) substitute—

(b)equal to the amount specified in Article 23(2) of the Naval, Military and Air Forces etc. (Disablement and Death) Service Pensions Order 2006..

(7) In Schedule 7 (capital to be disregarded)—

(a)in paragraph 12(1)(b)(14) for “a jobseeker’s allowance” substitute “an income-based jobseeker’s allowance”;

(b)in paragraph 34 for “Order or under the Benefits Act” substitute “benefit Acts”;

(c)in paragraph 36(1) for “3, 5 or 8 of the Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1989” substitute “5, 6 or 11 of the Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004”;

(d)for paragraph 37 substitute—

37.  Any payment made to such persons entitled to receive benefits as may be determined by or under a scheme made pursuant to Article 13 of the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1988 in lieu of vouchers or similar arrangements in connection with the provision of those benefits (including payments made in place of healthy start vouchers, milk tokens or the supply of vitamins), but only for a period of 52 weeks from the date of receipt of the payment.;

(e)for paragraph 39 substitute—

39.  Any arrears of supplementary pension which is disregarded under paragraph 53 of Schedule 6 (sums to be disregarded in the calculation of income other than earnings) or of any amount which is disregarded under paragraph 54 or 55 of that Schedule, but only for a period of 52 weeks from the date of receipt of the arrears.; and

(f)in paragraph 54(15) omit “within the meaning in section 25 of the Social Security Act 1989”.

(3)

Regulation 75 was substituted by regulation 8 of S.R. 1997 No. 541 and paragraph (1)(b) was amended by regulation 8 of S.R. 1998 No. 198 and paragraph 32(a) and (b) of Schedule 2 to S.R. 2000 No. 350

(4)

Paragraph (10) was amended by regulation 2(1)(a) of S.R. 1998 No. 326, sub-paragraph (a) was amended by regulation 10(c)(i) of Schedule 2 to S.R. 2003 No. 195 and head (i) was amended by regulation 4(3) of S.R. 2002 No. 128, paragraph 10(c)(ii) of Schedule 2 to S.R. 2003 No. 195 and regulation 2(7) of S.R. 2005 No. 98

(5)

Paragraph (3) was amended by regulation 3(1)(a) of S.R. 1998 No. 326, sub-paragraph (a) was amended by regulation 13(a)(i) of Schedule 2 to S.R. 2003 No. 195 and head (i) was amended by regulation 4(4) of S.R. 2002 No. 128, paragraph 13(a)(ii) of Schedule 2 to S.R. 2003 No. 195 and regulation 2(7) of S.R. 2005 No. 98

(6)

The definition of “access funds” was inserted by regulation 3(4)(a) of S.R. 2000 No. 242; sub-paragraph (e) was added by regulation 2(3)(b)(i) of S.R. 2002 No. 222

(7)

Sub-paragraph (b) was amended by regulation 19(28)(a) of S.R. 2008 No. 286

(8)

Paragraph 17 was amended by regulation 3(3) of S.R. 2000 No. 260, regulation 4(5)(a) of S.R. 2002 No. 128, regulation 2(11) of S.R. 2005 No. 98 and paragraph 23(12)(a) of Schedule 3 to S.R. 2005 No. 536

(9)

Head (b) was substituted by regulation 8(7)(a) of S.R. 1998 No. 2 and amended by regulation 4(8)(b)(i) of S.R. 2005 No. 424

(10)

Head (d) was substituted by regulation 3(2)(e) of S.R. 1997 No. 331

(11)

Paragraph 53 was amended by Article 2(3) and paragraph 23(12)(c) of Schedule 3 to S.R. 2005 No. 536

(13)

Head (b) was amended by Article 2(3) and paragraph 23(12)(e)(ii) of Schedule 3 to S.R. 2005 No. 536

(14)

Head (b) was amended by paragraph 24(a) of Schedule 2 to S.R. 2003 No. 195, regulation 4(3)(b) of S.R. 2003 No. 338, regulation 4(16)(a) of S.R. 2008 No. 112 and regulation 19(29)(a) of S.R. 2008 No. 286

(15)

Paragraph 54 was added by regulation 2(c) of S.R. 2001 No. 392 and amended by Article 2(3) and paragraph 23(13)(e) of Schedule 3 to S.R. 2005 No. 536

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