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Maintenance Enforcement Act 1991

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9Amendment of orders transferred under s.24A of the Social Security Act 1986

(1)In section 24A of the [1986 c. 50.] Social Security Act 1986 (recovery of expenditure on income support: additional amounts and transfer of orders under s.24), after subsection (4) (transfer of right to receive payments under the order to the dependent parent) there shall be inserted the following subsection—

(4A)In any case where—

(a)notice is given to a magistrates' court under subsection (3) above,

(b)payments under the order are required to be made by any method of payment falling within section 59(6) of the [1980 c. 43.] Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 (standing order, etc.), and

(c)the clerk to the justices for the petty sessions area for which the court is acting decides that payment by that method is no longer possible,

the clerk shall amend the order to provide that payments under the order shall be made by the liable parent to the clerk.

(2)After subsection (7) of that section (transfer back of right to receive payments under the order to the Secretary of State) there shall be inserted the following subsections—

(7A)Subject to subsections (7B) and (7C) below, in any case where—

(a)notice is given to a magistrates' court under subsection (7) above, and

(b)the method of payment under the order which subsists immediately before the day on which the transfer under subsection (7) above takes effect differs from the method of payment which subsisted immediately before the day on which the transfer under subsection (3) above (or, if there has been more than one such transfer, the last such transfer) took effect,

the clerk to the justices for the petty sessions area for which the court is acting shall amend the order by reinstating the method of payment under the order which subsisted immediately before the day on which the transfer under subsection (3) above (or, as the case may be, the last such transfer) took effect.

(7B)The clerk shall not amend the order under subsection (7A) above if the Secretary of State gives notice in writing to the clerk, on or before the day on which the notice under subsection (7) above is given, that the method of payment under the order which subsists immediately before the day on which the transfer under subsection (7) above takes effect is to continue.

(7C)In any case where—

(a)notice is given to a magistrates' court under subsection (7) above,

(b)the method of payment under the order which subsisted immediately before the day on which the transfer under subsection (3) above (or, if there has been more than one such transfer, the last such transfer) took effect was any method of payment falling within section 59(6) of the [1980 c. 43.] Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 (standing order, etc.), and

(c)the clerk decides that payment by that method is no longer possible,

the clerk shall amend the order to provide that payments under the order shall be made by the liable parent to the clerk.

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