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The Social Fund (Applications and Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009

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1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Social Fund (Applications and Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009 and shall come into operation on 21st December 2009.

(2) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(1) shall apply to these Regulations as it applies to an Act of the Assembly.

Amendment of the Social Fund (Applications and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations

2.—(1) The Social Fund (Applications and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008(2) are amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (5).

(2) For regulation 2 (form and manner in which an application is to be made) substitute—

Form and manner in which an application for a community care grant or budgeting loan is to be made

2.  An application for a payment by way of community care grant or budgeting loan under section 134(1)(b) of the Act must be made in writing—

(a)on a form approved by the Department and completed in accordance with the instructions on that form; or

(b)in such other manner as the Department may accept as sufficient in any particular case.

Form and manner in which an application for a crisis loan is to be made

2A.(1) An application for a payment by way of crisis loan under section 134(1)(b) of the Act need not be made in writing but must be made in writing where the Department so requires in any particular case.

(2) Where an application for a crisis loan is required to be made in writing it must be made—

(a)on a form approved by the Department and completed in accordance with the instructions on that form, or

(b)in such other manner as the Department may accept as sufficient in any particular case;

and the provisions of regulation 3 will then apply to that application as they apply to an application for a community care grant or budgeting loan.

(3) The Department may require a person who wishes to apply for a crisis loan in respect of living expenses to attend for interview at an office of the Department and to make the application to the interviewing officer.

(4) Where someone (“B”) is making the application on behalf of another person (“A”) the Department may require that B attend the interview instead of, or together with, A in order to make the application.

(5) The Department must give the applicant reasonable notice of the date, time and place at which such an interview is to take place..

(3) In regulation 5(2) (consent where application is made on behalf of someone else) for “not made in writing” substitute “made by telephone”.

(4) In regulation 6(2)(a) and (4)(a) (time at which an application is to be treated as made) for “regulation 2(1) or (3)” substitute “regulation 2 or 2A(2)”.

(5) In regulation 7 (condition to be satisfied before payment of a repayable social fund award)—

(a)in paragraph (2) omit the words “Where an application for a crisis loan is not made in writing,”; and

(b)in paragraph (4) for “not made in writing” substitute “made by telephone”.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department for Social Development on 27th November 2009

(L.S.)

Anne McCleary

A senior officer of the Department for Social Development

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