The Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015 (Commencement No. 13 and Savings and Transitional Provisions (Amendment)) Order 2019

Document Number:2019 No. 107 (C. 4)
 
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Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland

Social Security

Made

14 th May 2019

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions makes the following Order in exercise of the powers conferred by Article 2(2) , (3)(a) and (4) of the Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015(1).

Those powers are exercisable by the Secretary of State by virtue of Article 4(1)(a) and (b) of the Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015.

Citation and interpretation

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015 (Commencement No. 13 and Savings and Transitional Provisions (Amendment)) Order 2019.

(2) In this Order, “the No. 13 Order” means the Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015 (Commencement No. 13 and Savings and Transitional Provisions and Commencement No. 8 and Transitional and Transitory Provisions (Amendment)) Order 2019(2).

Amendment of the No. 13 Order

2.—(1) The No. 13 Order is amended as follows.

(2) In Article 2—

(a) in paragraph (1)—

(i) before “the 2002 Act”, insert—

““the 1992 Act” means the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992(3);”;

(ii) omit the definition of “couple”;

(b) after paragraph (1) , insert—

“(1 A) In this Order, “couple” has the meanings given by the 2002 Act(4) , save—

(a) in reference to entitlement to housing benefit, where it has the meanings given by Part VII of the 1992 Act(5); and

(b) in Article 7(3)(a) , where it has the meaning given by Article 7(2)(b)(ii).”;

(c) in paragraph (3) , after “Article 6(2)” insert “and Article 8(2)(b)”;

(d) in paragraph (4)(b)—

(i) at the start, insert “save in Article 7(3)(a) ,”;

(ii) after “part of a”, insert “mixed-age”;

(iii) for “the claim being made, or the person” substitute “a person claiming or”;

(iv) for “a person” substitute “the person”; and

(v) omit “(save in Article 7(3)) a member of”.

(3) In Article 7—

(a) in the heading, before “polygamous marriages” insert “application of the rules in universal credit for treatment of couples and”;

(b) in paragraph (1) , for “party to a polygamous marriage” substitute “member of a mixed-age couple”;

(c) for paragraph (2) substitute—

“(2) For the purposes of paragraph (3)—

(a) all secondary legislation relevant to assessment of entitlement to state pension credit or housing benefit applies so that claims and awards may be made in respect of the party specified in paragraph (3)(a) or (b) as a part of a couple or as a single person respectively; and

(b) the following rules in...

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