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The Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1990

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Attendance allowance for persons who are terminally ill

3.—(1) In section 35 of the principal Act (attendance allowance), after subsection (2A) there shall be inserted the following subsections—

(2B) If a terminally ill person makes a claim expressly on the ground that he is such a person, then—

(a)he shall be taken for the purposes of subsection (2) above—

(i)to satisfy, or to be likely to satisfy, both of those conditions for the remainder of his life, beginning with the date of the claim or, if later, the date determined under section 105 or 106 below as the first date on which he is terminally ill; and

(ii)to have satisfied those conditions for the period of 6 months immediately preceding that date (so however that no allowance shall be payable by virtue of this sub-paragraph for any period preceding that date); and

(b)the period specified in a certificate issued by virtue of paragraph (a) above shall be the remainder of the person’s life, beginning with that date.

(2C) For the purposes of subsection (2B) above—

(a)a person is “terminally ill” at any time if at that time he suffers from a progressive disease and his death in consequence of that disease can reasonably be expected within 6 months; and

(b)where a person purports to make a claim for an attendance allowance by virtue of that subsection on behalf of another, that other shall be regarded as making the claim, notwithstanding that it is made without his knowledge or authority..

(2) In subsection (4) of that section, after the words “otherwise provide” there shall be inserted the words “and subject to subsection (2B) above”.

(3) In section 105(3) of that Act (questions to be determined by the Attendance Allowance Board), after the words “whether a person” there shall be inserted “(a)” and for the words “section 35(1) of this Act” there shall be substituted the words—

subsection (1) of section 35 above;

(b)suffers, or has at any time suffered, from renal failure, for the purposes of subsection (2A) of that section; or

(c)is or has at any time been terminally ill, within the meaning of subsection (2B) of that section,.

(4) In section 106 of that Act (review of, and appeal from, Board’s decisions), at the beginning of subsection (1) there shall be inserted the words “Subject to the following provisions of this section” and after paragraph (a) of that subsection there shall be inserted the following paragraph—

(aa)at any time review a determination of theirs under section 105(3) above or this subsection of any question whether a person is or was at any time terminally ill, within the meaning of section 35(2B) above, if there has been a change in medical opinion with respect to his condition or his reasonable expectation of life;.

(5) After that subsection there shall be inserted the following subsection—

(1A) No determination under section 105(3) or subsection (1) above shall be reviewed on the ground that the person in question is or was at any time terminally ill, within the meaning of section 35(2B) above, unless an application for review is made expressly on that ground either—

(a)by the person himself; or

(b)by any other person purporting to act on his behalf, whether or not that other person is acting with his knowledge or authority;

and a determination may be so reviewed on such an application, notwithstanding that no claim under section 35(2B) above has been made..

(6) In section 154A of that Act (making of claim a condition of entitlement) there shall be added at the end the following subsection—

(3) Where a person purports to make a claim for an attendance allowance by virtue of section 35(2B) above on behalf of another, that other shall be regarded for the purposes of this section as making the claim, notwithstanding that it is made without his knowledge or authority..

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