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The Social Security (Incapacity Benefit) (Transitional) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995

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Special provisions for persons entitled to short-term incapacity benefit on termination of a period engaged in training for work

13.—(1) Where a person who was entitled to a transitional award of short-term incapacity benefit becomes entitled to the higher rate of short-term incapacity benefit by virtue of section 30C(6) and the rate of that benefit is less than the rate at which the transitional award of incapacity benefit would have been payable had he not ceased to be entitled to that award, incapacity benefit shall be payable at the latter rate until—

(a)in the case where the transitional award included an increase under regulation 15(1), the conditions in regulation 15(3) are no longer satisfied; or

(b)in any other case, the rate of short-term incapacity benefit under section 30B together with any increase under section 86A equals or exceeds that rate.

(2) Where a person—

(a)at any time in a period of not more than 57 days immediately before the appointed day or at any time in a period of not more than 57 days immediately after the appointed day, attends a training course of the type specified in regulation 7(1)(f) of the Unemployment, Sickness and Invalidity Benefit Regulations (days when a person is attending a training course not to be treated as days of incapacity for work);

(b)had been entitled to sickness benefit in a period of interruption of employment within a period not exceeding 57 days prior to the first day of attendance on the training course;

(c)within a period not exceeding 57 days beginning on the day after the last day of attendance on the training course becomes entitled to incapacity benefit by virtue of section 30A (entitlement), 40 or 41 (long-term incapacity benefit for widows or widowers)(1); and

(d)the rate of short-term incapacity benefit is less than the rate at which a transitional award of short-term incapacity benefit would have been payable had the period of entitlement to sickness benefit referred to in sub-paragraph (b) been running at the appointed day,

incapacity benefit shall be payable at the latter rate until, in the case where the transitional award would have included an increase under regulation 15(1), the conditions in regulation 15(3) are no longer satisfied, and in any other case, the rate of short-term incapacity benefit under section 30B together with any increase under section 86A equals or exceeds that rate.

(3) For the purpose of paragraph (2), the days referred to as days of attendance on a training course in that paragraph shall be treated as days of incapacity for work.

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Section 30A is inserted by Article 3(1) of, and sections 40 and 41 are substituted by paragraphs 8 and 9 respectively of Schedule 1 to, the Social Security (Incapacity for Work) (Northern Ireland) Order 1994

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