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Welfare Reform Act (Northern Ireland) 2007

Schedule 5 - Minor and consequential amendments relating to Part 2

Paragraphs 2 to 4 amend the Administration Act to take account of the more flexible powers of direction provided for in section 36. The amendments enable the Department to require information it needs from the Housing Executive to decide whether it has taken the action specified in the direction, in the same way as it already decides whether specified standards have been obtained. The amendments also provide for the Department to take the same enforcement action when the Housing Executive fails to comply with a direction on actions, as it can when the Housing Executive fails to deliver on standards set down in a direction.

Paragraph 6 amends Schedule 7 to the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act (Northern Ireland) 2000 which provides for the revision and appeals process in respect of housing benefit. The amendment makes it clear that an overpayment decision under or by virtue of section 73 of the Administration Act can be revised, if appropriate.

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