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Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016

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6(1)The regulator may issue a direction mentioned in sub-paragraph (2) in respect of a private registered provider if—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)the condition in sub-paragraph (4) or (5) is satisfied, and

(b)the Secretary of State consents.

(2)The directions are—

(a)a direction that Part 1 does not apply in relation to a private registered provider specified in the direction;

(b)a direction that Part 1 is to have effect in relation to a private registered provider specified in the direction as if a reference in Part 1 to the social rent rate were a reference to that rate increased by the percentage specified in the direction;

(c)a direction that Part 1 is to have effect in relation to a private registered provider specified in the direction as if paragraph 1(4)(c) or (5)(c)—

(i)were omitted,

(ii)required the lesser reduction specified in the direction, or

(iii)required the increase specified in the direction;

(d)a direction that Part 1 is to have effect in relation to a private registered provider specified in the direction as if—

(i)in paragraph 3(5), “reduced by 1%” were omitted,

(ii)paragraph 3(5) required the lesser reduction specified in the direction, or

(iii)paragraph 3(5) required the increase specified in the direction.

(3)The regulator may specify in a direction—

(a)the period during which it is to have effect, and

(b)the social housing in relation to which it is to have effect.

(4)The condition in this sub-paragraph is that the regulator considers that complying with Part 1 would jeopardise the financial viability of the private registered provider.

(5)The condition in this sub-paragraph is that the circumstances of the private registered provider satisfy requirements prescribed in regulations made by the Secretary of State.

(6)The regulator may publish a document about the measures that the regulator considers could be taken by a private registered provider to comply with Part 1 and to avoid jeopardising its financial viability.

(7)The Secretary of State may issue a direction mentioned in sub-paragraph (8) in respect of a local authority if the condition in sub-paragraph (10) or (11) is satisfied.

(8)The directions are—

(a)a direction that Part 1 does not apply in relation to a local authority specified in the direction;

(b)a direction that Part 1 is to have effect in relation to a local authority specified in the direction as if a reference in Part 1 to the social rent rate were a reference to that rate increased by the percentage specified in the direction;

(c)a direction that Part 1 is to have effect in relation to a local authority specified in the direction as if paragraph 1(4)(c) or (5)(c)—

(i)were omitted,

(ii)required the lesser reduction specified in the direction, or

(iii)required the increase specified in the direction;

(d)a direction that Part 1 is to have effect in relation to a local authority specified in the direction as if—

(i)in paragraph 3(5), “reduced by 1%” were omitted,

(ii)paragraph 3(5) required the lesser reduction specified in the direction, or

(iii)paragraph 3(5) required the increase specified in the direction.

(9)The Secretary of State may specify in a direction—

(a)the period during which it is to have effect, and

(b)the social housing in relation to which it is to have effect.

(10)The condition in this sub-paragraph is that the Secretary of State considers that the local authority would be unable to avoid serious financial difficulties if it were to comply with Part 1.

(11)The condition in this sub-paragraph is that the circumstances of the local authority satisfy requirements prescribed in regulations by the Secretary of State.

(12)The Secretary of State may publish a document about the measures that the Secretary of State considers could be taken by a local authority in order to comply with Part 1 and to avoid serious financial difficulties.

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