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Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland

2017 No. 9

Housing

The Housing Benefit (Executive Determinations) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017

Made

16th January 2017

Coming into operation

23rd January 2017

The Department for Communities makes the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 122(1)(d), 129(A)(2) and 171(1) and (3) to (5) of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992(1) and now vested in it(2).

Proposals in respect of these Regulations were not referred to the Social Security Advisory Committee since it appeared to the Department for Communities that by reason of the urgency of the matter it was expedient not to do so(3).

Citation, commencement and interpretation

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Housing Benefit (Executive Determinations) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 and shall come into operation on 23rd January 2017.

(2) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(4) shall apply to these Regulations as it applies to an Act of the Assembly.

Amendment to the Housing Benefit (Executive Determinations) Regulations

2.—(1) The Housing Benefit (Executive Determinations) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008(5) are amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) and (3).

(2) In regulation 3(6) (broad rental market area determinations and local housing allowance determinations) after paragraph (1) insert—

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

(3) In the Schedule (broad rental market area determinations and local housing allowance determinations)—

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

(i)before sub-paragraph (3)(7) insert—

(2A) For a broad rental market area not listed in column 1 of the table in paragraph 5A, the local housing allowance for any category of dwelling is the lower of the amounts in sub-paragraph (3)(a) and (b).

(2B) For a broad market area listed in column 1 of the table in paragraph 5A, 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 (3A)(a) and (b);

(b)for a category of dwelling not so listed, is the lower of the amounts set out in sub-paragraph (3)(a) and (b).;

(ii)in sub-paragraph (3)—

(aa)for the words before paragraph (a) substitute “The amounts referred to in sub-paragraphs (2A) and (2B)(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 paragraph (a)”;

(iii)after sub-paragraph (3) insert—

(3A) The amounts referred to in sub-paragraph (2B)(a) are—

(a)the local housing allowance determined for that category of dwelling on 30th January 2015 (or, where the determination is amended under regulation 14F of the Housing Benefit Regulations)(8)(amended determinations), the allowance provided for in the amended determination), 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
Paragraph 1(1)(a) (one bedroom, shared accommodation)£260.64
Paragraph 1(1)(b) (one bedroom, exclusive use)£260.64
Paragraph 1(1)(c) (two bedrooms)£302.33
Paragraph 1(1)(d) (three bedrooms)£354.46
Paragraph 1(1)(e) (four bedrooms)£417.02

(b)after paragraph 5(9) insert—

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

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

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department for Communities on 16th January 2017

(L.S.)

Anne McCleary

A senior officer of the Department for Communities

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations amend the Housing Benefit (Executive Determinations) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008 (“the Executive Determinations Regulations”) to make changes to the manner in which the local housing allowance is determined.

Regulation 2 amends the Executive Determinations Regulations to provide that, for dwellings in specified categories in specified broad rental market areas, the local housing allowance is as currently determined but with an uplift of 3%. This Regulation further provides that for these dwellings, there is a maximum local housing allowance.

(1)

1992 c. 7; section 129A was inserted by section 30(2) of the Welfare Reform Act (Northern Ireland) 2007 (2007 c. 2 (N.I.)) and section 171(1) was amended by paragraph 5 of Schedule 4 to the Tax Credits Act 2002 (c. 21)

(2)

See Article 8(b) of S.R. 1999 No. 481 and section 1(7) of the Departments Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 (c.5 (N.I.))

(3)

See sections 149(2) and 150(1)(a) of the Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 (c. 8)

(5)

S.R. 2008 No. 100; relevant amending Regulations are S.R. 2013 No.209, S.R. 2013 No. 303 and S.R. 2016 No.6

(6)

Paragraph (2A) was inserted by regulation 2(3)(b) of S.R. 2013 No.209

(7)

Sub-paragraph (3) was substituted by regulation 2(a)(ii) of S.R. 2016 No. 6

(8)

S.R. 2006 No. 405 regulation 14F was inserted by regulation 2(7) of S.R. 2008 No. 101

(9)

Paragraphs 4 and 5 were substituted for paragraph 4 by regulation 2(b) of S.R. 2008 No. 506

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