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The Social Security, Child Support and Mesothelioma Lump Sum Payments (Decisions and Appeals) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016

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

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3.—(1) The Social Security and Child Support (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999(1) are amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (9).

(2) In regulation 3(1)(b)(2) (revision of decisions) for “regulation 28(1)(b)”, in both places, substitute “regulation 3ZA(3)(b) or 28(1)(b)”.

(3) After regulation 3 insert—

Consideration of revision before appeal

3ZA.(1) This regulation applies in a case where—

(a)the Department gives a person written notice of a decision under Article 9 or 11 (whether as originally made or as revised under Article 10); and

(b)that notice includes a statement to the effect that there is a right of appeal in relation to the decision only if the Department has considered an application for a revision of the decision.

(2) In a case to which this regulation applies, a person has a right of appeal under Article 13(2) in relation to the decision only if the Department has considered on an application whether to revise the decision under Article 10.

(3) The notice referred to in paragraph (1) must inform the person—

(a)of the time limit specified in regulation 3(1) or (3) for making an application for a revision; and

(b)that, where the notice does not include a statement of the reasons for the decision (“written reasons”), he may, within one month of the date of notification of the decision, request that the Department provide him with written reasons.

(4) Where written reasons are requested under paragraph (3)(b), the Department must provide them within 14 days of receipt of the request or as soon as practicable afterwards.

(5) Where, as a result of paragraph (2), there is no right of appeal against a decision, the Department may treat any purported appeal as an application for a revision under Article 10..

(4) After regulation 3A(3) (revision of child support decisions) insert—

Consideration of revision before appeal in relation to certain child support decisions

3B.(1) This regulation applies in a case where—

(a)the Department gives a person written notice of a decision; and

(b)that notice includes a statement to the effect that there is a right of appeal against the decision only if the Department has considered an application for a revision of the decision.

(2) In a case to which this regulation applies, a person has a right of appeal under Article 22 of the Child Support Order (as substituted by section 10 of the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act (Northern Ireland) 2000) against the decision only if the Department has considered on an application whether to revise the decision under Article 18 of that Order.

(3) The notice referred to in paragraph (1) must inform the person of the time limit specified in regulation 3A(1)(a) for making an application for a revision.

(4) Where, as the result of paragraph (2), there is no right of appeal against a decision, the Department may treat any purported appeal as an application for revision under Article 18 of the Child Support Order.

(5) In this regulation “decision” means a decision mentioned in Article 22(1)(a) or (b) of the Child Support Order (as substituted by section 10 of the Child Support, Pension and Social Security Act (Northern Ireland) 2000)..

(5) In regulation 4 (late application for a revision)—

(a)in paragraph (3)(b)(4) after “regulation” insert “3ZA(3)(b) or”;

(b)in paragraph (4)(b) at the end insert “, except in a case to which regulation 3ZA applies”;

(c)in paragraph (4)(b) after “regulation 3ZA” insert “or 3B”;

(d)in paragraph (6) after “extension of time” insert “, except in a case to which regulation 3ZA applies”; and

(e)in paragraph (6) after “regulation 3ZA” insert “or 3B”.

(6) After regulation 9ZA(5) (review of certificates of recoverable lump sum payments) insert—

Consideration of review before appeal

9ZB.(1) This regulation applies in a case where—

(a)the Department has issued a certificate of recoverable benefits or certificate of recoverable lump sum payments; and

(b)that certificate is accompanied by a notice to the effect that there is a right of appeal in relation to the certificate only if the Department has considered an application for review of the certificate.

(2) In a case to which this regulation applies, a person has a right of appeal under Article 13 of the Recovery of Benefits Order against the certificate only if the Department has considered an application for review of the certificate under Article 12 of that Order..

(7) In regulation 25(6) (other persons with a right of appeal) after “Article 13(2)” insert “, but subject to regulation 3ZA”.

(8) In regulation 26(7) (decisions against which an appeal lies) at the beginning insert “Subject to regulation 3ZA,”.

(9) In regulation 29(8) (further particulars required relating to certificate of recoverable benefits or, as the case may be, recoverable lump sum payments appeals or applications) for paragraph (6) substitute—

(6) The Department may treat any—

(a)purported appeal (where, as the result of regulation 9ZB(2), there is no right of appeal);

(b)appeal relating to the certificate of recoverable benefits; or

(c)appeal relating to the certificate of recoverable lump sum payments,

as an application for review under Article 12 of the Recovery of Benefits Order..

(2)

Paragraph (1)(b) was substituted by regulation 2(3)(a) of S.R. 2002 No. 189.

(3)

Regulation 3A was inserted by regulation 2(4) of S.R. 2001 No. 23.

(4)

Paragraph (3)(b) was amended by regulation 7(3) of S.R. 2005 No. 46.

(5)

Regulation 9ZA was inserted by paragraph 3 of Schedule 2 to S.R. 2008 No. 355.

(6)

Regulation 25 was amended by regulation 2(7) of S.R. 2002 No. 189 and regulation 3(3) of S.R. 2004 No. 516.

(7)

Regulation 26 was amended by regulation 6(9) of S.R. 2000 No. 215, regulation 4(b) of S.R. 2001 No. 120 and Article 3 of S.R. 2010 No. 20.

(8)

Regulation 29 was amended by paragraph 4 of Schedule 2 to S.R 2008 No. 355.

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