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The Social Security Benefits (Adjustment of Amounts and Thresholds) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016

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1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Social Security Benefits (Adjustment of Amounts and Thresholds) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016 and shall come into operation for the purposes of—

(a)this regulation, on 1st April 2016;

(b)regulation 2, in so far as it relates to a particular beneficiary, on the first day of the first benefit week to commence for that beneficiary on or after 11th April 2016, and for the purpose of this sub-paragraph “benefit week” has the same meaning as in the Income Support (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987(1);

(c)regulation 3, in so far as it relates to a particular beneficiary, on the first day of the first benefit week to commence for that beneficiary on or after 11th April 2016, and for the purpose of this sub-paragraph “benefit week” has the same meaning as in the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996(2);

(d)regulation 4, in so far as it relates to a particular beneficiary, on the first day of the first benefit week to commence for that beneficiary on or after 11th April 2016, and for the purpose of this sub-paragraph “benefit week” has the same meaning as in the State Pension Credit Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003(3);

(e)regulation 5, in relation to a case where rent is payable at intervals of a week or any multiple thereof, on 4th April 2016, and in relation to any other case, on 1st April 2016, and for the purpose of this sub-paragraph “rent” has the same meaning as in the Housing Benefit Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006(4);

(f)regulation 6, in relation to a case where rent is payable at intervals of a week or any multiple thereof, on 4th April 2016, and in relation to any other case, on 1st April 2016, and for the purpose of this sub-paragraph “rent” has the same meaning as in the Housing Benefit (Persons who have attained the qualifying age for state pension credit) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006(5); and

(g)regulation 7, in so far as it relates to a particular beneficiary, on the first day of the first benefit week to commence for that beneficiary on or after 11th April 2016, and for the purpose of this sub-paragraph “benefit week” has the same meaning as in the Employment and Support Allowance Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008(6).

Amendment of the Income Support Regulations

2.—(1) The Income Support (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987 are amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) and (3).

(2) In paragraph 15 of Schedule 2 (applicable amounts: weekly amounts of premiums specified in Part III) in column (2) for “£116∙00” in sub-paragraphs (2)(7), (2A) and (3) substitute “£122∙70”.

(3) In paragraph 18 of Schedule 3(8) (housing costs: non-dependant deductions)—

(a)in sub-paragraph (1) for “£93∙80” and “£14∙55” substitute “£94∙50” and “£14∙65” respectively; and

(b)in sub-paragraph (2)—

(i)in head (a) for “£129∙00” substitute “£133∙00”,

(ii)in head (b) for “£129∙00”, “£189∙00” and “£33∙40” substitute “£133∙00”, “£195∙00” and “£33∙65” respectively,

(iii)in head (c) for “£189∙00”, “£246∙00” and “£45∙85” substitute “£195∙00”, “£253∙00” and “£46∙20” respectively,

(iv)in head (d) for “£246∙00”, “£328∙00” and “£75∙05” substitute “£253∙00”, “£338∙00” and “£75∙60” respectively, and

(v)in head (e) for “£328∙00”, “£408∙00” and “£85∙45” substitute “£338∙00”, “£420∙00” and “£86∙10” respectively.

Amendment of the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations

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

(2) In Schedule 1 (applicable amounts)—

(a)in paragraph 20(9) (weekly amounts of premiums specified in Part III) in the column headed “Amount”—

(i)for “£78∙10”, “£116∙00” and “£116∙00” in sub-paragraph (2) substitute “£82∙50”, “£122∙70” and “£122∙70” respectively,

(ii)for “£116∙00” in sub-paragraph (3) substitute “£122∙70”, and

(iii)for “£78∙10” and “£116∙00” in sub-paragraph (4) substitute “£82∙50” and “£122∙70” respectively; and

(b)in paragraph 20M(10) (weekly amounts of premiums specified in Part IVA) in the column headed “Amount” for “£116∙00” in sub-paragraphs (1) and (2) substitute “£122∙70”.

(3) In paragraph 17 of Schedule 2(11) (housing costs: non-dependant deductions)—

(a)in sub-paragraph (1) for “£93∙80” and “£14∙55” substitute “£94∙50” and “£14∙65” respectively; and

(b)in sub-paragraph (2)—

(i)in head (a) for “£129∙00” substitute “£133∙00”,

(ii)in head (b) for “£129∙00”, “£189∙00” and “£33∙40” substitute “£133∙00”, “£195∙00” and “£33∙65” respectively,

(iii)in head (c) for “£189∙00”, “£246∙00” and “£45∙85” substitute “£195∙00”, “£253∙00” and “£46∙20” respectively,

(iv)in head (d) for “£246∙00”, “£328∙00” and “£75∙05” substitute “£253∙00”, “£338∙00” and “£75∙60” respectively, and

(v)in head (e) for “£328∙00”, “£408∙00” and “£85∙45” substitute “£338∙00”, “£420∙00” and “£86∙10” respectively.

Amendment of the State Pension Credit Regulations

4.—(1) The State Pension Credit Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003 are amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (4).

(2) In regulation 7(12) (savings credit) in paragraph (2) for “£126∙50” and “£201∙80” substitute “£133∙82” and “£212∙97” respectively.

(3) In paragraph 14 of Schedule 2(13) (persons residing with the claimant)—

(a)in sub-paragraph (1) for “£93∙80” and “£14∙55” substitute “£94∙50” and “£14∙65” respectively; and

(b)in sub-paragraph (2)—

(i)in head (a) for “£129∙00” substitute “£133∙00”,

(ii)in head (b) for “£129∙00”, “£189∙00” and “£33∙40” substitute “£133∙00”, “£195∙00” and “£33∙65” respectively,

(iii)in head (c) for “£189∙00”, “£246∙00” and “£45∙85” substitute “£195∙00”, “£253∙00” and “£46∙20” respectively,

(iv)in head (d) for “£246∙00”, “£328∙00” and “£75∙05” substitute “£253∙00”, “£338∙00” and “£75∙60” respectively, and

(v)in head (e) for “£328∙00”, “£408∙00” and “£85∙45” substitute “£338∙00”, “£420∙00” and “£86∙10” respectively.

(4) In paragraph 1 of Schedule 3(14) (polygamous marriages)—

(a)in sub-paragraph (5) for “£230∙85” and “£79∙65” substitute “£237∙55” and “£81∙95” respectively; and

(b)in sub-paragraph (7) for “£201∙80” substitute “£212∙97”.

Amendment of the Housing Benefit Regulations

5.  In regulation 72(15) (non-dependant deductions) of the Housing Benefit Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006—

(a)in paragraph (1) for “£93∙80” and “£14∙55” substitute “£94∙50” and “£14∙65” respectively; and

(b)in paragraph (2)—

(i)in sub-paragraph (a) for “£129∙00” substitute “£133∙00”,

(ii)in sub-paragraph (b) for “£129∙00”, “£189∙00” and “£33∙40” substitute “£133∙00”, “£195∙00” and “£33∙65” respectively,

(iii)in sub-paragraph (c) for “£189∙00”, “£246∙00” and “£45∙85” substitute “£195∙00”, “£253∙00” and “£46∙20” respectively,

(iv)in sub-paragraph (d) for “£246∙00”, “£328∙00” and “£75∙05” substitute “£253∙00”, “£338∙00”, and “£75∙60” respectively, and

(v)in sub-paragraph (e) for “£328∙00”, “£408∙00” and “£85∙45” substitute “£338∙00”, “£420∙00” and “£86∙10” respectively.

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

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

(2) In regulation 53(16) (non-dependant deductions)—

(a)in paragraph (1) for “£93∙80” and “£14∙55” substitute “£94∙50” and “£14∙65” respectively; and

(b)in paragraph (2)—

(i)in sub-paragraph (a) for “£129∙00” substitute “£133∙00”,

(ii)in sub-paragraph (b) for “£129∙00”, “£189∙00” and “£33∙40” substitute “£133∙00”, “£195∙00” and “£33∙65” respectively,

(iii)in sub-paragraph (c) for “£189∙00”, “£246∙00” and “£45∙85” substitute “£195∙00”, “£253∙00” and “£46∙20” respectively,

(iv)in sub-paragraph (d) for “£246∙00”, “£328∙00” and “£75∙05” substitute “£253∙00”, “£338∙00” and “£75∙60” respectively, and

(v)in sub-paragraph (e) for “£328∙00”, “£408∙00” and “£85∙45” substitute “£338∙00”, “£420∙00” and “£86∙10” respectively.

(3) In paragraph (1) of Schedule 4(17) (applicable amounts: personal allowances) in column (2)—

(a)for “£151∙20” and “£166∙05” in sub-paragraph (1) substitute “£155∙60” and “£168∙70” respectively;

(b)for “£230∙85” and “£248∙30” in sub-paragraph (2) substitute “£237∙55” and “£252∙30” respectively;

(c)for “£230∙85” and “£79∙65” in sub-paragraph (3) substitute “£237∙55” and “£81∙95” respectively; and

(d)for “£248∙30” and “£82∙25” in sub-paragraph (4) substitute “£252∙30” and “£83∙60” respectively.

Amendment of the Employment and Support Allowance Regulations

7.—(1) The Employment and Support Allowance Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008 are amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) and (3).

(2) In paragraph 11 of Schedule 4(18) (weekly amount of premiums specified in Part 2) in the column headed “Amount”—

(a)for “£49∙05”, “£41∙90” and “£78∙10” in sub-paragraph (1)(a) substitute “£53∙45”, “£46∙30” and “£82∙50” respectively; and

(b)for “£86∙95”, “£79∙80” and “£116∙00” in sub-paragraph (1)(b) substitute “£93∙65”, “£86∙50” and “£122∙70” respectively.

(3) In paragraph 19 of Schedule 6(19) (housing costs: non-dependant deductions)—

(a)in sub-paragraph (1) for “£93∙80” and “£14∙55” substitute “£94∙50” and “£14∙65” respectively; and

(b)in sub-paragraph (2)—

(i)in head (a) for “£129∙00” substitute “£133∙00”,

(ii)in head (b) for “£129∙00”, “£189∙00” and “£33∙40” substitute “£133∙00”, “£195∙00” and “£33∙65” respectively,

(iii)in head (c) for “£189∙00”, “£246∙00” and “£45∙85” substitute “£195∙00”, “£253∙00” and “£46∙20” respectively,

(iv)in head (d) for “£246∙00”, “£328∙00” and “£75∙05” substitute “£253∙00”, “£338∙00” and “£75∙60” respectively, and

(v)in head (e) for “£328∙00”, “£408∙00” and “£85∙45” substitute “£338∙00”, “£420∙00” and “£86∙10” respectively.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department for Social Development on 4th March 2016

(L.S.)

Anne McCleary

A senior officer of the Department for Social Development

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