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The Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments No. 3) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017

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

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7.—(1) The Housing Benefit (Persons who have attained the qualifying age for state pension credit) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006(1) are amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (8).

(2) In regulation 29(11)(ba)(2) (treatment of childcare charges) for the words beginning with “claimant’s” and ending with “would be” substitute “other member of the couple would be a member of the support group or”.

(3) In regulation 52 (continuing payments where state pension credit claimed)—

(a)in paragraph (1)(c)(i)(3) omit the words beginning with “or, if” and ending with “65”; and

(b)in paragraph (2)(a)(ii)(4) omit “or the age of 65”.

(4) In regulation 53(7) (non-dependant deductions)—

(a)omit sub-paragraphs (c) and (d); and

(b)in sub-paragraph (e) omit the words beginning with “and” and ending with “65”.

(5) Omit regulation 57(12)(a) (date on which change of circumstances is to take effect).

(6) In regulation 65(4)(c) (duty to notify changes of circumstances) after “weeks” insert “or where the absence is from Northern Ireland, which exceeds or is likely to exceed 4 weeks”.

(7) In the table in paragraph 1 of Schedule 4 (applicable amounts: personal allowances)—

(a)in entry (1)—

(i)omit “aged”,

(ii)omit paragraph (a) in both columns, and

(iii)in paragraph (b) in column (1) for “65 or over” substitute “who has attained pensionable age”;

(b)in entry (2)—

(i)omit paragraph (a) in both columns, and

(ii)in paragraph (b) in column (1) for “aged 65 or over” substitute “who has attained pensionable age”;

(c)omit entry (3); and

(d)in entry (4) for “are aged 65 or over” substitute “have attained pensionable age”.

(8) In paragraph 12(b) of Schedule 6 (amounts to be disregarded in the calculation of income other than earnings) after “the age of 65” insert “or, if it was higher at that time, pensionable age”.

(1)

S.R. 2006 No. 406; relevant amending Regulations are S.R. 2008 No. 378, S.R. 2016 No. 236 and S.R. 2017 No. 51

(2)

Sub-paragraph (ba) was inserted by regulation 4(6)(c)(i) of S.R. 2008 No. 378 and amended by regulation 35(4) of S.R. 2016 No. 236 and paragraph 7(3) of Schedule 1 to S.R. 2017 No. 51

(3)

Paragraph (1)(c)(i) was amended by regulation 4(8)(a) of S.R. 2008 No. 378

(4)

Paragraph (2)(a)(ii) was amended by regulation 4(8)(a) of S.R. 2008 No. 378

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