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(1) In exercising its functions [F2 the GCCNI] must comply with the requirements of this section.
(2)[F3 The GCCNI] must have regard to the forward work programme published under section 5.
(3)[F4 The GCCNI] must have regard to the interests of consumers in different areas.
(4)[F5 The GCCNI] must have regard to the interests of consumers that are one or more of the following—
(a)disabled or chronically sick individuals;
(b)individuals of pensionable age;
(c)individuals with low incomes;
(d)individuals residing in rural areas.
(5)But nothing in subsection (4) is to be taken as implying that regard may not be had to the interests of other descriptions of consumers.
(6)[F6 The GCCNI] must have regard to the need to use its resources in the most efficient and economic way.
(7) In discharging the duty imposed by subsection (6), [F7 the GCCNI] must take account of the existence of any other public bodies with the same functions as, or similar functions to, those of [F7 the GCCNI] and the activities carried on by such bodies.
(8)[F8The GCCNI] must exercise its functions in the manner which it considers is best calculated to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development.
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(10)A person is of pensionable age for the purposes of this section if—
(a)the person has attained pensionable age (within the meaning given by the rules in paragraph 1 of Schedule 4 to the Pensions Act 1995 (c. 26)), or
(b)in the case of a man born before[F10 6 December 1953], he is the same age as a woman who has attained pensionable age (within the meaning so given).
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