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The Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments No. 2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015

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1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments No. 2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015 and shall come into operation on 6 April 2015.

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

Amendments of the Income Support (General) Regulations

2.  In regulation 39(2)(a) of the Income Support (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987(2) (deduction of tax and contributions for self-employed earners)—

(a)for “11(1)” substitute “11(2)”;

(b)for “11(3)” substitute “11(8)”; and

(c)for “small earnings exception” substitute “small profits threshold”.

Amendment of the Child Support (Maintenance Assessments and Special Cases) Regulations

3.  In paragraphs 2A(4)(a) and 3(6)(a) of Schedule 1 to the Child Support (Maintenance Assessments and Special Cases) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1992(3)(calculation of N and M) for “section 11(1) or, as the case may be, (3)” substitute “section 11(2) or, as the case may be, (8)”.

Amendment of the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations

4.  In regulation 102(2)(a) of the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996(4)(deduction of tax and contributions for self-employed earners)—

(a)for “11(1)” substitute “11(2)”;

(b)for “11(3)” substitute “11(8)”; and

(c)for “small earnings exception” substitute “small profits threshold”.

Amendment of the Child Support (Maintenance Calculations and Special Cases) Regulations

5.  In paragraph 7(5)(a) of the Schedule to the Child Support (Maintenance Calculations and Special Cases) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2001(5) (net weekly income) for “section 11(1) or, as the case may be, (3)” substitute “section 11(2) or, as the case may be, (8)”.

Amendment of the Housing Benefit Regulations

6.—(1) The Housing Benefit Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006(6) are amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) and (3).

(2) In regulation 31(c) (disregard of changes in tax, contributions etc.) for “small earnings exception” substitute “small profits threshold”.

(3) In regulation 36(2)(a) (deduction of tax and contributions of self-employed earners)—

(a)for “11(1)” substitute “11(2)”;

(b)for “11(3)” substitute “11(8)”; and

(c)for “small earnings exception” substitute “small profits threshold”.

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

7.—(1) The Housing Benefit (Persons who have attained the qualifying age for state pension credit) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006(7) are amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) and (3).

(2) In regulation 32(c) (disregard of changes in tax, contributions etc.) for “small earnings exception” substitute “small profits threshold”.

(3) In regulation 38(2)(a) (deduction of tax and contributions of self-employed earners)—

(a)for “11(1)” substitute “11(2)”;

(b)for “11(3)” substitute “11(8)”; and

(c)for “small earnings exception” substitute “small profits threshold”.

Amendment of the Employment and Support Allowance Regulations

8.  In regulation 99(3)(a) of the Employment and Support Allowance Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008(8)(deduction of tax and contributions for self-employed earners)—

(a)for “11(1)” substitute “11(2)”;

(b)for “(3)” substitute “(8)”; and

(c)for “small earnings exception” substitute “small profits threshold”.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department for Social Development on 16th March 2015

(L.S.)

Anne McCleary

A senior officer of the Department for Social development

The Department of Finance and Personnel consents to regulations 6 and 7.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Finance and Personnel on 16th March 2015

(L.S.)

Emer Morelli

A senior officer of the Department of Finance and Personnel

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