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

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Increase of rate of long-term incapacity benefit for dependents in transitional cases

24.—(1) Subject to paragraphs (3), (4) and (5) and regulation 25, in a transitional case where at any time during a period of 56 days immediately before the appointed day—

(a)an increase in the rate of invalidity benefit was paid by way of a concessionary payment to compensate for non-payment of an increase for a spouse who was an adult dependent under Part IV of the Contributions and Benefits Act; or

(b)an increase in the rate of invalidity benefit was payable for a spouse who was an adult dependent under Part IV of the Contributions and Benefits Act,

an amount equal to that increase shall be payable.

(2) Where, as a consequence of an order made under section 132 of the Administration Act in the tax year 1994-1995, the amounts specified in column (3) of paragraph 2 of Part IV of Schedule 4 are increased, the increase payable under paragraph (1) shall likewise be increased by an equal amount; and thereafter an increase payable under paragraph (1) shall be an amount equal to the appropriate amount specified in column (3) of paragraph 2 of Part IV of Schedule 4.

(3) Except as provided for in regulation 25, an increase under paragraph (1) shall continue to be payable where—

(a)the spouse is residing with the beneficiary; or

(b)the beneficiary is contributing to the maintenance of his spouse at the weekly rate equal to or greater than the rate of the increase.

(4) Subject to regulations 25 and 26 and paragraph (5), the provisions in Part I (general) and Part III (adults), except for regulation 9(1)(a) and (b) of Part III, of the Increases for Dependants Regulations shall apply to the increase as if it were an increase under section 86A(1) (increase for adult dependents).

(5) Where an increase under paragraph (1) is paid or payable to a person over pensionable age, the provisions in regulation 13 of the Increases for Dependants Regulations (increase of short-term incapacity benefit for persons over pensionable age) shall apply to the increase of long-term incapacity benefit as if that increase were an increase of short-term incapacity benefit.

(6) Where a person becomes entitled to an increase under paragraph (1), he shall not be entitled to an adult dependency increase to which he would, but for this provision, be entitled under the Increases for Dependants Regulations.

(7) A person shall cease to be entitled to an increase under paragraph (1)when either—

(a)no invalidity benefit or long-term incapacity benefit has been paid for at least 57 continuous days; or

(b)no increase of invalidity benefit or long-term incapacity benefit is paid or payable for at least 57 continuous days in a period of incapacity for Work.

(8) In calculating the period referred to in paragraph (7), the days of entitlement to disability working allowance or the days of attendance on a training course of a type referred to in section 30C(6)(2) (days and periods of incapacity for work) and regulation 19(2) shall not be taken into account.

(1)

Section 86A is inserted by Article 4(4) of the Social Security (Incapacity for Work) (Northern Ireland) Order 1994

(2)

Section 30C is inserted by Article 5(1) of the Social Security (Incapacity for Work) (Northern Ireland) Order 1994

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