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The Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments No. 3) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010

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Citation and commencement

1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments No. 3) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010 and shall come into operation—

(a)for the purposes of this regulation and regulation 3(1) and (7), on 1st April 2010;

(b)for the purposes of regulations 2 and 5, on 12th April 2010; and

(c)for all other purposes, on 6th April 2010, immediately after the coming into operation of the Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments No. 5) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009(1).

Amendment of the Social Security (Invalid Care Allowance) Regulations

2.  In regulation 8(1) of the Social Security (Invalid Care Allowance) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1976(2) (circumstances in which a person is or is not to be treated as gainfully employed) for “£95∙00” substitute “£100”.

Amendment of the Social Security (Claims and Payments) Regulations

3.—(1) The Social Security (Claims and Payments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987(3) are amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (7).

(2) In regulation 6(22)(4) (date of claim) in paragraph (c) of the definition of “qualifying benefit” for “regulation 4(1)(a) or 6(1)(a) of the Social Fund (Maternity and Funeral Expenses) (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987” substitute “regulation 5(1)(a) or 7(4)(a) of the Social Fund Maternity and Funeral Expenses (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005(5)”.

(3) In regulation 16 (date of entitlement under an award for the purpose of determining the day from which benefit is to be payable and effective date of change of rate)—

(a)in paragraph (2D)(6) for “Where a retirement pension is paid in arrears under regulation 22C and the award” substitute “Where an award of retirement pension”;

(b)in paragraph (2E) after “Except in a case where” insert “paragraph (2F) or”; and

(c)after paragraph (2E) insert—

(2F) Except in a case where regulation 22D(2)(7) applies, where a retirement pension is paid in arrears under regulation 22C and a change in the rate of that benefit takes effect under an order made under section 132 or 132A of the Administration Act(8) (annual up-rating of benefits, basic pension etc. and standard minimum guarantee) the change, if it would otherwise take effect on a day which is not the first day of the benefit week, shall take effect on the first day of the benefit week next following..

(4) In regulation 16A(9) (date of entitlement under an award of state pension credit for the purpose of payability and effective date of change of rate) for paragraph (4) substitute—

(4) For the purpose of this regulation “benefit week” means—

(a)where state pension credit is paid in advance, the period of 7 days beginning on the day on which, in the claimant’s case, that benefit is payable;

(b)where state pension credit is paid in arrears, the period of 7 days ending on the day on which, in the claimant’s case, that benefit is payable..

(5) In regulation 22 (long term benefits)—

(a)in paragraph (1A)(10) for “Disability” substitute “Subject to paragraph (1B), disability”; and

(b)after paragraph (1A) insert—

(1B) The Department may, in any particular case or class of case, arrange that attendance allowance or disability living allowance shall be paid at such other intervals not exceeding four weeks as may be specified.

(6) In paragraph 5 of Schedule 8A(11) (deductions from benefits and direct payment to third parties)—

(a)in sub-paragraph (1)(b) at the end add “or is resident in premises provided and maintained by virtue of Article 4(2) of the Probation Board (Northern Ireland) Order 1982(12)”;

(b)after sub-paragraph (1A)(13) insert—

(1B) For the purposes of sub-paragraphs (1) and (1A) references to “rent” include charges incurred in respect of accommodation in premises provided and maintained by virtue of Article 4(2) of the Probation Board (Northern Ireland) Order 1982.; and

(c)in sub-paragraph (5)(14) after “landlord” insert “or the person or body to whom charges are payable in respect of the residence of the beneficiary or the beneficiary’s partner in premises provided and maintained by virtue of Article 4(2) of the Probation Board (Northern Ireland) Order 1982”.

(7) In paragraph 6 of Schedule 8B(15) (deductions of mortgage interest from benefit and payment to qualifying lenders) for “£0∙55” substitute “£0∙45”.

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

4.—(1) The Social Security and Child Support (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999(16) are amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (4).

(2) In regulation 7 (date from which a decision superseded under Article 11 takes effect) after paragraph (30)(17) insert—

(30A) Where a decision is superseded in accordance with regulation 6(2)(a)(ii) and the relevant change of circumstances is the coming into operation of a change in the legislation in relation to a relevant benefit, the decision under Article 11 shall take effect from the date on which that change in the legislation takes effect..

(3) In regulation 8(3)(18) (effective date for late notifications of change of circumstances) for sub-paragraph (b) substitute—

(b)be made—

(i)within 13 months of the date the change occurred; or

(ii)for the purposes of regulation 7(9)(b)(19), within 13 months of the date on which the claimant satisfied the conditions of entitlement to the particular rate of benefit..

(4) In Schedule 2B(20) (date on which change of circumstances takes effect where a claimant is entitled to state pension credit)—

(a)in paragraph 7 for “Where” substitute “Subject to paragraphs 9 and 10, where”; and

(b)after paragraph 8 add—

9.  Where state pension credit is paid in arrears and the relevant change of circumstances results in the award of that benefit being terminated, the superseding decision shall take effect on the first day of the benefit week next following the benefit week in which that change occurs or is expected to occur.

10.  Where state pension credit is paid in advance and the relevant change of circumstances is the death of the claimant, the superseding decision shall take effect on the first day of the benefit week next following the date of death.

11.  In this Schedule “benefit week” means—

(a)where state pension credit is paid in advance, the period of 7 days beginning on the day on which, in the claimant’s case, that benefit is payable;

(b)where state pension credit is paid in arrears, the period of 7 days ending on the day on which, in the claimant’s case, that benefit is payable..

Revocations

5.  Regulation 2 of the Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments No. 5) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007(21) and regulation 3 of the Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009(22) are revoked.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department for Social Development on 10th March 2010

(L.S.)

Anne McCleary

A senior officer of the Department for Social Development

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