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The Pensions (2015 Act) (Consequential Amendments) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016

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1.  This Order may be cited as the Pensions (2015 Act) (Consequential Amendments) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016 and shall come into operation—

(a)for the purposes of this Article and Articles 2 and 3, on 28th September 2016; and

(b)for the purposes of Article 4, immediately after paragraph 6 of Schedule 3 to the Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015(1) comes into operation.

Amendment of the Administration Act

2.—(1) The Administration Act is amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (6).

(2) In section 139(5) (effect of alteration in the component rates of income support)—

(a)in the definition of “alteration”, in paragraph (b)(ii) after “132A”(2) insert “, 132B”;

(b)in the definition of “applicable sums”(3)—

(i)for “section 132 or 132A” substitute “section 132, 132A or 132B”; and

(ii)for “section 150 or 150A” substitute “section 150, 150A or 151A”; and

(c)in the definition of “benefit income”(4), after paragraph (a) insert—

(zaa)state pension under Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015;.

(3) In section 139A(5)(5) (effect of alteration of rates of a jobseeker’s allowance)—

(a)in the definition of “alteration”, in paragraph (b)(6) for “section 132 or 132A” substitute “section 132, 132A or 132B”; and

(b)in the definition of “benefit income”(7), after paragraph (a) insert—

(zaa)state pension under Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015;.

(4) In section 139B(8) (effect of alterations affecting state pension credit)—

(a)in subsection (4)(a)(9) after “section 150, 150A” insert “, 151A”; and

(b)in subsection (6)—

(i)in the definition of “alteration”, in paragraph (b)(10) for “section 132, 132A” substitute “section 132, 132A, 132B”;

(ii)after the definition of “alteration” insert—

“applicable sums” has the same meaning as in section 139 above; and

(iii)in the definition of “benefit income”(11), after “Contributions and Benefits Act” insert “, state pension under Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015”.

(5) In section 139C(6)(12) (effect of alteration of rates of an employment and support allowance)—

(a)in the definition of “alteration”, in paragraph (b)(13) for “section 132, 132A” substitute “section 132, 132A, 132B”; and

(b)in the definition of “benefit income”(14), after “Contributions and Benefits Act” insert “, state pension under Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015”.

(6) In section 139D(15) (effect of alterations affecting universal credit)—

(a)in subsection (4)(a) after “section 150, 150A” insert “, 151A”; and

(b)in subsection (6)—

(i)in the definition of “alteration”, in paragraph (b) for “section 132, 132A” substitute “section 132, 132A, 132B”;

(ii)in the definition of “applicable sums”—

(aa)for “section 132, 132A” substitute “section 132, 132A, 132B”; and

(bb)for “section 150, 150A” substitute “section 150, 150A, 151A”, and

(iii)in the definition of “benefit income” after “Contributions and Benefits Act” insert “, state pension under Part 1 of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015”.

Amendment of the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order

3.  In paragraph 17 of Schedule 3 to the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1998(16) (decisions against which an appeal lies) after “section 22(5)” insert “or 5ZA”.

Amendment of the Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order

4.  In paragraph 6 of Schedule 3 to the Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015 (abolition of benefits; consequential amendments)—

(a)for “section 132, 132A” substitute “section 132, 132A, 132B”; and

(b)for “section 150, 150A” substitute “section 150, 150A, 151A”.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department for Communities on 27th September 2016

(L.S.)

Anne McCleary

A senior officer of the Department for Communities

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