1 Citation and commencement

These Regulations may be cited as the Social Security, Child Support and Tax Credits (Decisions and Appeals) Amendment Regulations 2004 and shall come into force on the day after the day on which they are made.

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Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 21 December 2004: see above.

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2 Amendment of the Social Security and Child Support (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations 1999

2Amendment of the Social Security and Child Support (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations 1999

(1)    The Social Security and Child Support (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations 1999 shall be amended in accordance with this regulation.

(2)    In regulation 1(3) (interpretation) the definition of “misconceived appeal” shall be omitted.

(3)    In regulation 25 (other persons with a right of appeal) for “section 12(2)(b)” there shall be substituted “section 12(2)”.

(4)    In regulation 36 (composition of appeal tribunals)—

(a)    in paragraph (2) for “, (8) and (9)” substitute “and (8)”,

(b)    in paragraph (5) for “, (3) or (9)” substitute “or (3)”, and

(c)    omit paragraph (9) (misconceived appeals).

(5)    In regulation 39 (directions concerning oral hearings) for the heading and paragraphs (1) to (4) substitute—

“Choice of hearing39

(1)    Where an appeal or a referral is made to an appeal tribunal the appellant and any other party to the proceedings shall notify the clerk to the appeal tribunal, on a form approved by the Secretary of State, whether he wishes to have an oral hearing of the appeal or whether he is content for the appeal or referral to proceed without an oral hearing.

(2)    Except in the case of a referral, the form shall include a statement informing the appellant that, if he does not notify the clerk to the appeal tribunal as required by paragraph (1) within the period specified in paragraph (3), the appeal may be struck out in accordance with regulation 46(1).

(3)    Notification in accordance with paragraph (1)—

(a)    if given by the appellant or a party to the proceedings other than the Secretary of State, must be sent or given to the clerk to the appeal tribunal within 14 days of the date on which the form is issued to him; or

(b)    if given by the Secretary of State, must be sent or given to the clerk—

(i)    in the case of an appeal, within 14 days of the date on which the form is issued to the appellant; or

(ii)    in the case of a referral, on the date of referral,

or within such longer period as the clerk may direct.

(4)    Where an oral hearing is requested in accordance with paragraphs (1) and (3) the appeal tribunal shall hold an oral hearing unless the appeal is struck out under regulation 46(1).”.

(6)    In regulation 46 (appeals which may be struck out)—

(a)    in paragraph (1)—

(i)    at the end of sub-paragraph (b) omit “or”,

(ii)    in sub-paragraph (c) omit “subject to regulation 39(4),” and after “struck out” add “; or”, and

(iii)    after sub-paragraph (c) add—

“(d)    for failure of the appellant to notify the clerk to the appeal tribunal, in accordance with regulation 39, whether or not he wishes to have an oral hearing of his appeal.”, and

(b)    omit paragraph (4) (misconceived appeals).

(7)    In regulation 47 (reinstatement of struck out appeals)—

(a)    in paragraph (1) for “46(1)(c)” substitute “46(1)(d)”,

(b)    in paragraph (2)—

(i)    omit “or 48”, and

(ii)    omit sub-paragraph (b).

(8)    Omit regulation 48 (misconceived appeals).

(9)    In Schedule 2 (decisions against which no appeal lies), in paragraph 5 (claims and payments)—

(a)    for sub-paragraph (a) substitute—

“(a)    regulation 4(3) or (3B) (which partner should make a claim for income support or jobseeker's allowance);”,

(b)    omit sub-paragraphs (b), (c), (d) and (e), and

(c)    for sub-paragraph (bb) substitute—

“(bb)    regulation 4D(7) (which partner should make a claim for state pension credit);”.

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Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 21 December 2004: see reg 1.

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3 Amendment of the Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations 2001

3Amendment of the Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations 2001

(1)    The Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations 2001 shall be amended in accordance with this regulation.

(2)    In regulation 22 (composition of appeal tribunals) omit paragraph (3) (misconceived appeals).

(3)    In regulation 23 (procedure in connection with appeals)—

(a)    in paragraph (1) for “the Social Security and Child Support (Decisions and Appeals) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2002” substitute “the Social Security, Child Support and Tax Credits (Decisions and Appeals) Amendment Regulations 2004”, and

(b)    in paragraph (3) after “except in regulations” insert “39(1) (choice of hearing),”.

(4)    In the Schedule (decisions against which no appeal lies)—

(a)    in paragraph 1 (no right of appeal: exceptions) for sub-paragraph (a) substitute—

“(a)    regulations 72 (time and manner in which claims are to be made), 72A (1) and 72B(1) and (4) (date of claim).”, and

(b)    in paragraph 2 (no right of appeal: exceptions) for sub-paragraph (a) substitute—

“(a)    regulations 62 (time and manner in which claims are to be made), 62A(1) and 62B(1) and (4) (date of claim).”.

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Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 21 December 2004: see reg 1.

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4 Amendment of the Housing Benefit (General) Regulations 1987

4Amendment of the Housing Benefit (General) Regulations 1987

(1)    The Housing Benefit (General) Regulations 1987 shall be amended in accordance with this regulation.

(2)    In regulation 72 (time and manner in which claims are to be made)—

(a)    in paragraph (1) for “and be accompanied by or supplemented by such certificates, documents, information and evidence as are required in accordance with regulation 73(1) (evidence and information) or paragraph 5 of Schedule A1 (treatment of claims for housing benefit by refugees)”, substitute “having regard to the sufficiency of the written information and evidence”,

(b)    in paragraph (7)—

(i)    in sub-paragraph (a) for “in a written form sufficient in the circumstances of the case” substitute “properly completed”,

(ii)    in sub-paragraph (b) after “circumstances of the case” insert “having regard to the sufficiency of the written information and evidence”,

(iii)    for “refer the defective claim to the claimant” substitute “request the claimant to complete the defective claim” and

(iv)    after “supply the claimant with the approved form” add “or request further information or evidence”,

(c)    for paragraph (8) substitute—

“(8)    The relevant authority shall treat a defective claim as if it had been validly made in the first instance if—

(a)    where paragraph (7)(a) applies, the authority receives at the designated office the properly completed claim or the information requested to complete it within 4 weeks of the request to complete, or such longer period as the relevant authority may consider reasonable; or

(b)    where paragraph (7)(b) applies—

(i)    the approved form sent to the claimant is received at the designated office properly completed within 4 weeks of it having been sent to him; or, as the case may be,

(ii)    the claimant supplies whatever information or evidence was requested under paragraph (7) within 4 weeks of the request,

or within such longer period as the relevant authority may consider reasonable.”, and

(d)    in paragraph (9) after “instructions on the form” add “, including any instructions to provide information and evidence in connection with the claim”.

(3)    In regulation 76 (who is to make a decision) for the heading and paragraphs (1) to (3) substitute—

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(1)    Unless provided otherwise by these Regulations, any matter required to be determined under these Regulations shall be determined in the first instance by the relevant authority.

(2)    The relevant authority shall make a decision on each claim within 14 days of the provisions of regulations 72 and 73 being satisfied or as soon as reasonably practicable thereafter.”.

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Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 21 December 2004: see reg 1.

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5 Amendment of the Council Tax Benefit (General) Regulations 1992

5Amendment of the Council Tax Benefit (General) Regulations 1992

(1)    The Council Tax Benefit (General) Regulations 1992 shall be mended in accordance with this regulation.

(2)    In regulation 62 (time and manner in which claims are to be made)—

(a)    in paragraph (1) for “and be accompanied by or supplemented by such certificates, documents, information and evidence as are required in accordance with regulation 63(1) (evidence and information) or paragraph 4 of Schedule A1 (treatment of claims for council tax benefit by refugees)”, substitute “having regard to the sufficiency of the written information and evidence”,

(b)    in paragraph (7)—

(i)    in sub-paragraph (a) for “in a written form sufficient in the circumstances of the case” substitute “properly completed”,

(ii)    in sub-paragraph (b) after “circumstances of the case” insert “having regard to the sufficiency of the written information and evidence”,

(iii)    for “refer the defective claim to the claimant” substitute “request the claimant to complete the defective claim”, and

(iv)    after “supply the claimant with the approved form” add “or request further information or evidence”,

(c)    for paragraph (8) substitute—

“(8)    The relevant authority shall treat a defective claim as if it had been validly made in the first instance if—

(a)    where paragraph (7)(a) applies, the authority receives at the designated office the properly completed claim or the information requested to complete it within 4 weeks of the request to complete, or such longer period as the relevant authority may consider reasonable; or

(b)    where paragraph (7)(b) applies—

(i)    the approved form sent to the claimant is received at the designated office properly completed within 4 weeks of it having been sent to him; or, as the case may be,

(ii)    the claimant supplies whatever information or evidence was requested under paragraph (7) within 4 weeks of the request,

or within such longer period as the relevant authority may consider reasonable.”, and

(d)    in paragraph (9) after “instructions on the form” add “, including any instructions to provide information and evidence in connection with the claim”.

(3)    In regulation 66 (who is to make a decision) for the heading and paragraphs (1) to (3) substitute—

“Decisions by a relevant authority66

(1)    Unless provided otherwise by these Regulations, any matter required to be determined under these Regulations shall be determined in the first instance by the relevant authority.

(2)    The relevant authority shall make a decision on each claim within 14 days of the provisions of regulations 62 and 63 being satisfied or as soon as reasonably practicable thereafter.”.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 21 December 2004: see reg 1.

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6 Amendment of the Tax Credits (Appeals) (No2) Regulations 2002

6Amendment of the Tax Credits (Appeals) (No2) Regulations 2002

(1)    The Tax Credits (Appeals) (No2) Regulations 2002 shall be amended in accordance with this regulation.

(2)    In regulation 12 (directions concerning oral hearings), for the heading and paragraphs (1) to (4) substitute—

“Choice of hearing12

(1)    Where an appeal or an application for a direction is made to an appeal tribunal the appellant or applicant and any other party to the proceedings shall notify the clerk to the appeal tribunal, on a form approved by the Secretary of State, whether he wishes to have an oral hearing or whether he is content for the appeal or application to proceed without an oral hearing.

(2)    The form shall include a statement informing the appellant or applicant that, if he does not notify the clerk to the appeal tribunal as required by paragraph (1) within the period specified in paragraph (3), the appeal or, as the case may be, the application may be struck out in accordance with regulation 16(1).

(3)    Notification in accordance with paragraph (1)—

(a)    if given by the appellant, the applicant or any party to the proceedings other than the Board, must be given or sent to the clerk to the appeal tribunal within 14 days of the date on which the form is issued to him; or

(b)    if given by the Board, must be given or sent to the clerk to the appeal tribunal within 14 days of the date on which the form is issued to the appellant or applicant,

or within such longer period as the clerk may direct.

(4)    Where an oral hearing is requested in accordance with paragraphs (1) and (3) the appeal tribunal shall hold an oral hearing unless the case is struck out under regulation 16(1).”.

(3)    In regulation 16(1) (cases which may be struck out)—

(a)    at the end of sub-paragraph (a) omit “or”,

(b)    in sub-paragraph (b)—

(i)    omit “subject to regulation 12(4),”, and

(ii)    after “struck out” add “; or”, and

(c)    after sub-paragraph (b) add—

“(c)    for failure of the appellant or applicant to notify the clerk to the appeal tribunal, in accordance with regulation 12, whether he wishes to have an oral hearing of his case.”.

(4)    In regulation 17(1) (reinstatement of struck out cases) for “16(1)(b)” substitute “16(1)(c)”.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 21 December 2004: see reg 1.

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Signature

Signed by authority of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Jane Kennedy

Minister of State,

Department for Work and Pensions

20th December 2004

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EXPLANATORY NOTE

EXPLANATORY NOTE (This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations amend the Social Security and Child Support (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations 1999 (“the 1999 Regulations”), the Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations 2001 (“the 2001 Regulations”) and the Tax Credits (Appeals) (No 2) Regulations 2002 (“the 2002 Regulations”) in respect of appeals to an appeal tribunal. They make consequential amendments to the Housing Benefit (General) Regulations 1987 and the Council Tax Benefit (General) Regulations 1992.

Regulation 2 amends the 1999 Regulations. Paragraphs (2), (4) and (8) remove the power of appeal tribunals to strike out misconceived appeals. Paragraph (5) provides for a form on which appellants and parties to proceedings must notify the clerk to the appeal tribunal if they want an oral hearing; and it gives mandatory right to an oral hearing after such notification, unless the appeal is struck out. Paragraph (6) allows the tribunal clerk to strike out an appeal if an appellant does not give the notification as prescribed; and he may reinstate the appeal under paragraph (7). Paragraph (9) confirms that there is a right of appeal against a decision that a benefit claim is defective.

Regulation 3 amends the 2001 Regulations in respect of housing benefit and council tax benefit appeals to make similar provision to that made by regulation 2 in respect of other social security benefit appeals.

Regulations 4 and 5 make amendments to the Housing Benefit (General) Regulations 1987 and the Council Tax Benefit (General) Regulations 1992 respectively. The amendments are consequential upon, or supplementary to, the provisions in regulation 3(4) relating to appeals against decisions about defective claims.

Regulation 6 amends the 2002 Regulations in respect of tax credit appeals to make similar provision to that made by regulation 2(5) to (7) in respect of social security benefit appeals.

A regulatory impact assessment has not been produced for this instrument as it has no impact on the costs of business.

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