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Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992

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Review and alteration of benefits

132Annual up-rating of benefits

(1)Whenever the Secretary of State makes an order under section 150 of the Great Britain Administration Act the Department may make a corresponding order for Northern Ireland.

(2)An increase in a sum such as is specified in subsection (3)(b) below shall form part of the Category A or Category B retirement pension of the person to whom it is paid and an increase in a sum such as is specified in subsection (3)(a) below shall be added to and form part of that pension but shall not form part of the sum increased.

(3)The sums referred to in subsection (2) above are those which are—

(a)payable by virtue of Article 37(6) of the Pensions Order to a person who is also entitled to a Category A or Category B retirement pension (including any sum payable by virtue of Article 38(3) of that Order); or

(b)payable to such a person as part of his Category A or Category B retirement pension by virtue of—

(i)an order made under this section corresponding to an order made under section 150 of the Great Britain Administration Act by virtue of paragraph (e)(ii) of subsection (1) of that section;

(ii)an order made under section 120 of the [1975 c. 14.] 1975 Act corresponding to an order made under section 126A of the Social Security Act 1975; or

(iii)an order made under Article 64 of the [1986 c. 50.] 1986 Order corresponding to an order made under section 63(1)(d) of the Social Security Act 1986.

(4)Where any increment under Article 37(6) of the Pensions Order—

(a)is increased in any tax year by an order under Article 39A of that Order; and

(b)in that tax year also falls to be increased by an order under this section,

the increase under this section shall be the amount that would have been specified in the order, but for this subsection, less the amount of the increase under Article 39A of the Pensions Order.

(5)Where sums are payable to a person by virtue of Article 37(6) of the Pensions Order (including such sums payable by virtue of Article 38(3) of that Order) during a period ending with the date on which he became entitled to a Category A or Category B retirement pension, then, for the purpose of determining the amount of his Category A or Category B retirement pension, orders made under this section during that period shall be deemed to have come into force (consecutively in the order in which they were made) on the date on which he became entitled to that pension.

(6)The reference in subsection (1) above to an order made under section 150 of the Great Britain Administration Act includes a reference to an order made in exercise of the powers conferred by regulations made under subsection (11) of that section.

133Rectification of mistakes in up-rating orders

Whenever the Secretary of State makes an order under section 152 of the Great Britain Administration Act, the Department may make a corresponding order for Northern Ireland.

134Social security benefits in respect of children

(1)Regulations may, with effect from any day on or after that on which there is an increase in the rate or any of the rates of child benefit, reduce any sum specified in any of the provisions mentioned in subsection (2) below to such extent as the Department thinks appropriate having regard to that increase.

(2)The provisions referred to in subsection (1) above are the following provisions of Schedule 4 to the Contributions and Benefits Act

(a)paragraph 6 of Part I (child’s special allowance);

(b)paragraph 5 of Part III (guardian’s allowance);

(c)column (2) of Part IV (increase for child dependants);

(d)paragraph 7 of Part V (increase of weekly rate of disablement pension in respect of child dependants);

(e)paragraph 12 of Part V (allowance in respect of deceased’s children).

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