The Bereavement Support Payment Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2019

Document Number:2019 No. 72
 
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Regulations made by the Department for Communities and to be laid before the Assembly under section 51(3)(a) of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland)2015 for approval of the Assembly before the expiration of 6 months from the date of their coming into operation

Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland

Social Security

Made

27 th March 2019

Coming into operation

1 st April 2019

The Department for Communities makes the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 29(1)(c) , (2) , (3) , (4)(a) and (7) , 31(1) and (3) , and 51(6) of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015(1).

Citation and commencement

  1. These Regulations may be cited as the Bereavement Support Payment Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2019 and come into operation on the 1 st April 2019.

    Period for which bereavement support payment is payable

  2. —(1) The period for which bereavement support payment is payable is as follows.

    (2) The period starts—

    (a) on the date the person’s spouse or civil partner died, where the person claims the payment three months or less after that date; or

    (b) at the beginning of the period of three months preceding the date the person claims the payment, where the person claims the payment—

    (i) more than three months after the date the person’s spouse or civil partner died; and

    (ii) no more than three months after the date the period finishes under paragraph (3).

    (3) The period finishes at the end of the period of 18 months beginning with the day after the date the person’s spouse or civil partner died.

    Rate of bereavement support payment

  3. —(1) The higher rate of bereavement support payment is £350 for each monthly recurrence of the day of the month on which the person’s spouse or civil partner died during the period for which bereavement support payment is payable (see regulation 2).

    (2) Where the person claims bereavement support payment 12 months or less after the date their spouse or civil partner died, the higher rate of bereavement support payment is £3 ,500 for the first month of the period for which bereavement support payment is payable.

    (3) Any higher rate mentioned in paragraph (2) is in addition to any higher rate mentioned in paragraph (1).

    (4) The standard rate of bereavement support payment is £100 for each monthly recurrence of the day of the month on which the person’s spouse or civil partner died during the period for which bereavement support payment is payable.

    (5) Where the person claims bereavement support payment 12 months or less after the date their spouse or civil partner died, the standard rate of bereavement support payment is £2 ,500 for the first month of the period for which bereavement support payment is payable.

    (6) Any standard rate mentioned...

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