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The Universal Credit Housing Costs (Executive Determinations) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017

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1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Universal Credit Housing Costs (Executive Determinations) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 and shall come into operation immediately after the coming into operation of the Universal Credit Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016(1)

Amendment to the Universal Credit Housing Costs (Executive Determinations) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016

2.—(1) The Universal Credit Housing Costs (Executive Determinations) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016(2) are amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) and (3).

(2) In regulation 3 (broad rental market area determinations) after paragraph (2) insert—

(2A) The power in paragraph (2) is not limited by paragraph 2(1A) or (1B) of Schedule 1..

(3) In Schedule 1 (local housing allowance determinations)—

(a)in paragraph 2 (local housing allowance for category of dwelling in paragraph 1)—

(i)after sub-paragraph (1) insert—

(1A) For a broad rental market area not listed in column 1 in the table in paragraph 5 the local housing allowance for any category of dwelling is the lower of the amounts in sub-paragraphs (2)(a) and (b).

(1B) For a broad market area listed in column 1 of the table in paragraph 5, the local housing allowance—

(a)for a category of dwelling listed in the corresponding entry in column 2 of that table, is the lower of the amounts set out in sub-paragraph (2A)(a) and (b);

(b)for a category of dwelling not so listed, is the lower of the amounts set out in sub-paragraph (2)(a) and (b).;

(ii)in sub-paragraph (2)—

(aa)for the words before paragraph (a) substitute “The amounts referred to in sub-paragraph (1A) and (1B)(b) are—”;

(bb)at the end of paragraph (a) for “or” substitute “and”;

(cc)in paragraph (b) omit “, where that rent is lower than the allowance referred to in head (a)”;

(iii)after sub-paragraph (2) insert—

(2A) The amounts referred to in sub-paragraph (1B)(a) are—

(a)the local housing allowance determined for that category of dwelling on 30th January 2015, plus 3%; and

(b)the maximum local housing allowance listed in column (2) of the following table for the category of dwelling—

(1) Category of dwelling as defined in the following paragraphs of this Schedule(2) Maximum local housing allowance for that category of dwelling
(1) Category of dwelling as defined in the following paragraphs of this Schedule(2) Maximum local housing allowance for that category of dwelling
Paragraph 1(a) (one bedroom, shared accommodation)£1129.42
Paragraph 1(b) (one bedroom, exclusive use)£1129.42
Paragraph 1(c) (two bedrooms)£1310.13
Paragraph 1(d) (three bedrooms)£1536.01
Paragraph 1(e) (four bedrooms)£1807.07

(b)after paragraph 4 add—

5.  The table referred to in paragraph 2(1A) and (1B) is—

(1) Broad rental market area(2) Category of dwelling as defined in the following paragraphs of this Schedule
BRMA1 – SouthParagraph 1(a) (one bedroom, shared accommodation)
BRMA1 – SouthParagraph 1(b) (one bedroom, exclusive use)
BRMA1 – SouthParagraph 1(e) (four bedrooms)
BRMA3 – Lough Neagh LowerParagraph 1(a) (one bedroom, shared accommodation)
BRMA6 – South EastParagraph 1(e) (four bedrooms)
BRMA8 – BelfastParagraph 1(e) (four bedrooms)

Signed by the authority of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Caroline Dinenage

Minister of State

Department for Work and Pensions

6th July 2017

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