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The Universal Credit Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016

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Housing cost contributions

Housing cost contributions

12.—(1) In calculating the amount of the housing costs element under Part 4 or 5 of this Schedule, a deduction is to be made in respect of each non-dependant who is a member of the renter’s extended benefit unit.

(2) Sub-paragraph (1) is subject to paragraphs 14 and 15.

(3) Any amount to be deducted under sub-paragraph (1) is referred to in this Schedule as a “housing cost contribution”.

Amount of housing cost contributions

13.—(1) The amount of each housing cost contribution to be deducted under paragraph 12 is £69.37.

(2) Deductions are not to be made until the amount has been determined which results from all other steps in the calculation required in relation to the renter under Parts 4 and 5 of this Schedule.

(3) Where the sum of all the housing cost contributions to be deducted in the renter’s case exceeds the amount referred to in sub-paragraph (2)—

(a)the amount determined under this Schedule is to be reduced to nil; but

(b)no further reduction in respect of housing cost contributions is to be made from the renter’s award.

Exempt renters

14.—(1) No deduction is to be made under paragraph 12 in the case of—

(a)any renter who is a single person to whom sub-paragraph (2) applies; or

(b)any joint renter where at least one joint renter is a person to whom sub-paragraph (2) applies.

(2) This sub-paragraph applies to a person—

(a)who is blind;

(b)in receipt of the care component of disability living allowance at the middle or highest rate;

(c)in receipt of attendance allowance;

(d)in receipt of the daily living component of a personal independence payment;

(e)who is entitled to a payment within paragraph (b), (c) or (d) but is not receiving it under, as the case may be—

(i)regulation 8 of the Social Security (Disability Living Allowance) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1992(1),

(ii)regulation 6 of the Social Security (Attendance Allowance) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1992(2),

(iii)regulation 19 of the Social Security (General Benefit) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1984(3), or

(iv)regulations under Article 91 of the Order (hospital in-patients).

No deduction for housing cost contributions in respect of certain non-dependants

15.—(1) No deduction is to be made under paragraph 12 in respect of any non-dependant who is a member of the renter’s extended benefit unit to whom sub-paragraph (2) applies.

(2) This sub-paragraph applies to a person—

(a)who is under 21 years old;

(b)in receipt of state pension credit;

(c)in receipt of the care component of disability living allowance at the middle or highest rate;

(d)in receipt of attendance allowance;

(e)in receipt of the daily living component of personal independence payment;

(f)who is entitled to a payment within paragraph (c), (d) or (e) but is not receiving it under, as the case may be—

(i)regulation 8 of the Social Security (Disability Living Allowance) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1992,

(ii)regulation 6 of the Social Security (Attendance Allowance) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1992,

(iii)regulation 19 of the Social Security (General Benefit) Regulations 1982, or

(iv)regulations under Article 91 of the Order;

(g)in receipt of carer’s allowance;

(h)is a prisoner;

(i)is responsible for a child under 5 years old;

(j)is a member of the armed forces away on operations who—

(i)is the son, daughter, step-son or step-daughter of a renter or joint renters, and

(ii)resided with the renter or joint renters immediately before leaving to go on operations and intends to return to reside with the renter or joint renters at the end of the operations.

(1)

SR. 1992 No. 32; regulation 8 was amended by regulation 3(2) of S.R. 1992 No. 481, regulation 4(2) of S.R. 1999 No. 221 and regulation 3(2) of S.R. 2000 No. 195.

(2)

S.R. 1992 No. 20; regulation 6 was amended by regulation 2(2) of S.R. 1992 No. 481, regulation 3 of S.R. 1999 No. 221 and regulation 2(3) of S.R. 2000 No. 195.

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