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The Housing Benefit (Executive Determinations) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008

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Broad rental market area determinations and local housing allowance determinations

3.—(1) [F1At such times as the Executive considers appropriate, the Executive shall, if the Department agrees]

(a)determine one or more broad rental market areas so that every part of Northern Ireland falls within a broad rental market area and no part of Northern Ireland falls within more than one broad rental market area; and

(b)specify the area contained within each broad rental market area by reference to the postcodes for each such broad rental market area.

[F2(1A) The power in paragraph (1) is not limited by paragraph [F32(2)] of the Schedule.]

[F4(2) [F5In 2014 and in each subsequent year, on the date specified in paragraph (2A),] the Executive shall for each broad rental market area determine, in accordance with the Schedule, a local housing allowance for each of the categories of dwelling set out in paragraph 1 of the Schedule.]

[F6(2A) The date specified for the purpose of paragraph (2) is the last working day of January [F7and also the 31st March 2020 ].]

[F8(3) Any broad rental market area determination made in accordance with paragraph (1) shall take effect—

(a)on the day the determination is made for the purpose of enabling the Executive to determine a local housing allowance for that area; and

[F9(b)for all other purposes —

(i)on the next 1st April following the day on which the determination is made; or

(ii)where the next 1st April is within 11 months beginning with the date on which the determination is made, on the next 1st April after that.]]

[F8(3A) Any local housing allowance determination made in accordance with paragraph (2) shall take effect on the next 1st April following the day on which the determination is made [F10, and the determinations made on the 31st March 2020 shall take effect (on 1st April 2020) in place of the determinations made on the 31st January 2020].]

(4) Where the Executive is required to make local housing allowance determinations by—

(a)regulation 14D(7)(a) F11; or

(b)regulation 14D(8),

of the Housing Benefit Regulations or, as the case may be, the Housing Benefit (State Pension Credit) Regulations, it shall do so in accordance with the provisions of the Schedule.

(5) Where the Executive has made a local housing allowance determination in accordance with paragraph (4), any determination made in accordance with—

(a)paragraph (4)(a) shall take effect for the month in which the relevant date falls; and

(b)paragraph (4)(b) shall take effect for the month in which the determination is made,

except that no such determination can have effect before 7th April 2008.

(6) Where the Executive has made a local housing allowance determination in accordance with paragraph (2) it shall make an approximate monthly allowance determination in relation to that local housing allowance determination.

F11Regulation 14D was inserted into S.R. 2006 No. 405 by regulation 2(7) of S.R. 2008 No. 101 and into S.R. 2006 No. 406 by regulation 2(7) of S.R. 2008 No. 102

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