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N.I.

Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland

2013 No. 209

Housing

The Housing Benefit (Executive Determinations) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013

Made

6th August 2013

Coming into operation

1st September 2013

The Department for Social Development makes the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 122(1)(d), 129(A)(2) and 171(1) and (3) to (5) of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 F1 and now vested in it F2.

Proposals in respect of these Regulations were not referred to the Social Security Advisory Committee since it appeared to the Department for Social Development that by reason of the urgency of the matter it was expedient to do so F3.

F11992 c. 7; section 129A was inserted by section 30(2) of the Welfare Reform Act (Northern Ireland) 2007 and section 171(1) was amended by paragraph 5 of Schedule 4 to the Tax Credits Act 2002 (c. 21)

F2See Article 8(b) of S.R. 1999 No. 481

Citation, commencement and interpretationN.I.

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Housing Benefit (Executive Determinations) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 and come into operation on 1st September 2013.

(2) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954 F4 shall apply to these regulations as it applies to an Act of the Assembly.

Amendment of the Housing Benefit (Executive Determinations) RegulationsN.I.

2.—(1) The Housing Benefit (Executive Determinations) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008 F5 are amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (4).

(2) In regulation 2(1) F6 (interpretation) omit the definition of “applicable consumer prices index”.

(3) In regulation 3 F7 (broad rental market area determinations and local housing allowance determinations)—

(a)in paragraph (2) F8, for “In 2012 and in each subsequent year, no more than 20 working days after the applicable consumer prices index is published,” substitute “ In 2014 and in each subsequent year, on the date specified in paragraph (2A), ”; and

(b)after paragraph (2) insert—

(2A) The date specified for the purposes of paragraph (2) is—

(a)15th January where that is a Wednesday; or

(b)where 15th January is not a Wednesday, the first Wednesday following 15th January..

F9(4) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F5S.R. 2008 No. 100; relevant amending Regulations are S.R. 2011 No.51 and S.R. 2012 No.157

F6The definition of “applicable consumer prices index” was inserted by regulation 2(2) of S.R. 2012 No. 157

F7Regulation 3 was amended by S.R. 2011 No. 51 and S.R. 2012 No. 157

F8Paragraph (2) was substituted by regulation 2(3)(b) of S.R. 2012 No. 157

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department for Social Development on 6th August 2013

L.S.

Anne McCleery

A senior officer of the

Department for Social Development

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations amend the Housing Benefit (Executive Determinations) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008 to make changes to how and when the local housing allowance (“LHA”) is determined.

They provide that from and including 2014, the LHA will be determined on 15th January in each year when it is a Wednesday and on the first Wednesday following the 15th January in each year when it is not. They also amend those Regulations to provide that the LHA rate will be the lower of the rent at the 30th percentile of listed rents or the previous year's LHA increased by one per cent, instead of the lower of the rent at the 30th percentile of listed rents or the previous LHA rate up-rated by the Consumer Prices Index inflation published in the previous September.