Title and commencement

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1998.

(2) Subject to paragraph (3), this Order shall come into operation on such day or days as the Department may by order appoint.

(3) The following provisions of this Order shall come into operation on the seventh day after the day on which this Order is made—

(a)this Article and Article 2;

(b)paragraph (1) of Article 47 (so far as relating to a sum which is chargeable to tax by virtue of section 313 of the [1988 c. 1.] Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988), and paragraphs (2) to (4) of that Article;

(c)Articles 62, 65, 68 and 73 to 77;

(d)Schedule 5.

(4) An order under paragraph (2) may make such savings, or such transitional or consequential provision, as the Department considers necessary or expedient—

(a)in preparation for or in connection with the coming into operation of any provision of this Order; or

(b)in connection with the operation of any statutory provision repealed or amended by a provision of this Order during any period when the repeal or amendment is not wholly in operation.


2.—(1) The [1954 c. 33 (N.I.).] Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954 shall apply to Article 1 and the following provisions of this Order as it applies to a Measure of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

(2) In this Order—

“the Administration Act” means the [1992 c. 8.] Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992;

“the Child Support Order” means the [1991 NI 23.] Child Support (Northern Ireland) Order 1991;

“the Contributions and Benefits Act” means the [1992 c. 7.] Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992;

“the Department” means the Department of Health and Social Services;

“the Jobseekers Order” means the [1995 NI 15.] Jobseekers (Northern Ireland) Order 1995;

“prescribe” means prescribe by regulations;

“the Recovery of Benefits Order” means the [1997 NI 12.] Social Security (Recovery of Benefits) (Northern Ireland) Order 1997;

“statutory provision” has the meaning assigned to it by section 1(f) of the [1954 c. 33 (N.I.).] Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954;

“the Vaccine Damage Payments Act” means the [1979 c. 17.] Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979.