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The Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Part I General

    1. 1.Citation, commencement and interpretation

    2. 2.Definition of non-dependant

    3. 3.Meanings of certain expressions used in the Order

  3. Part II Jobseeking

    1. Chapter I

      Interpretation of Parts II, IV and V

      1. 4.In Parts II, IV and V and, as provided below,...

    2. Chapter II

      Availability for Employment

      1. 5.Exceptions to requirement to be available immediately: carers, voluntary workers, persons providing a service and persons under an obligation to provide notice

      2. 6.Employment of at least 40 hours per week

      3. 7.Restriction of hours for which a person is available to 40 hours per week

      4. 8.Other restrictions on availability

      5. 9.No restrictions on pay after 6 months

      6. 10.Reasonable prospects of employment

      7. 11.Part-time students

      8. 12.Volunteers

      9. 13.Additional restrictions on availability for certain groups

      10. 14.Circumstances in which a person is to be treated as available

      11. 15.Circumstances in which a person is not to be regarded as available

      12. 16.Further circumstances in which a person is to be treated as available: permitted period

      13. 17.Laid off and short-time workers

    3. Chapter III

      Actively Seeking Employment

      1. 18.Steps to be taken by persons actively seeking employment

      2. 19.Circumstances in which a person is to be treated as actively seeking employment

      3. 20.Further circumstances in which a person is to be treated as actively seeking employment: permitted period

      4. 21.Further circumstances in which a person is to be treated as actively seeking employment: laid off and short-time workers

      5. 22.Interpretation of certain expressions for the purposes of regulations 18(3)(f)(i) and 19(1)(d)

    4. Chapter IV

      Attendance, Information and Evidence

      1. 23.Attendance

      2. 24.Provision of information and evidence

      3. 25.Entitlement ceasing on a failure to comply

      4. 26.Time at which entitlement is to cease

      5. 27.Where entitlement is not to cease

      6. 28.Matters to be taken into account in determining whether a claimant has good cause for failing to comply with a notice under regulation 23

      7. 29.Matters to be taken into account in determining whether a claimant has good cause for failing to provide a signed declaration

      8. 30.Circumstances in which a claimant is to be regarded as having good cause for failing to comply with a notice under regulation 23

    5. Chapter V

      Jobseeker’s Agreement

      1. 31.Contents of Jobseeker’s Agreement

      2. 32.Back-dating of a Jobseeker’s Agreement by an adjudication officer

      3. 33.Notification of determinations and directions under Article 11 of the Order

      4. 34.Jobseeker’s Agreement treated as having been made

      5. 35.Automatic back-dating of Jobseeker’s Agreement

      6. 36.Jobseeker’s Agreement to remain in effect

      7. 37.Variation of Jobseeker’s Agreement

      8. 38.Direction to vary Agreement: time for compliance

      9. 39.Variation of Agreement: matters to be taken into account

      10. 40.Notification of determinations and directions under Article 12 of the Order

      11. 41.Procedure for reviews

      12. 42.Appeals to Social Security Appeal Tribunal

      13. 43.Direction of Social Security Appeal Tribunal: time limit for compliance

      14. 44.Appeals to the Commissioner

      15. 45.Appropriate person

  4. Part III Other Conditions of Entitlement

    1. 46.Waiting days

    2. 47.Jobseeking period

    3. 48.Linking periods

    4. 49.Person approaching retirement and the jobseeking period

    5. 50.Persons temporarily absent from Northern Ireland

    6. 51.Remunerative work

    7. 52.Persons treated as engaged in remunerative work

    8. 53.Persons treated as not engaged in remunerative work

    9. 54.Relevant education

    10. 55.Short periods of sickness

    11. 56.Prescribed amount of earnings

  5. Part IV Young Persons

    1. 57.Interpretation of Part IV

    2. 58.Young persons to whom Article 5(1)(f)(iii) of the Order applies

    3. 59.Young persons in the child benefit extension period

    4. 60.Young persons at the end of the child benefit extension period

    5. 61.Other young persons in prescribed circumstances

    6. 62.Registration

    7. 63.Reduced payments under Article 19 of the Order

    8. 64.Availability for employment

    9. 65.Active seeking

    10. 66.The Jobseeker’s Agreement

    11. 67.Sanctions

    12. 68.Reduced amount of allowance

  6. Part V Sanctions

    1. 69.Prescribed period for purposes of Article 21(2) of the Order

    2. 70.Sanctions of discretionary length

    3. 71.Voluntary redundancy

    4. 72.Good cause for the purposes of Article 21(5)(a) and (6)(c) and (d) of the Order

    5. 73.Good cause for the purposes of Article 21(5)(b) of the Order

    6. 74.Person of a prescribed description for the purpose of Article 22(3) of the Order

    7. 75.Interpretation

  7. Part VI Membership of the Family

    1. 76.Persons of a prescribed description

    2. 77.Circumstances in which a person is to be treated as responsible or not responsible for another

    3. 78.Circumstances in which a person is to be treated as being or not being a member of the household

  8. Part VII

    Amounts

    1. 79.Weekly amounts of contribution-based jobseeker’s allowance

    2. 80.Deductions in respect of earnings

    3. 81.Payments by way of pensions

    4. 82.Income-based jobseeker’s allowance

    5. 83.Applicable amounts

    6. 84.Polygamous marriages

    7. 85.Special cases

    8. 86.Applicable amounts for persons in residential care and nursing homes

    9. 87.Transitional supplement to income-based jobseeker’s allowance

  9. Part VIII Income and Capital

    1. Chapter I

      General

      1. 88.Calculation of income and capital of members of claimant’s family and of a polygamous marriage

      2. 89.Liable relative payments

      3. 90.Child support

      4. 91.Calculation of income and capital of full-time students

      5. 92.Rounding of fractions

    2. Chapter II

      Income

      1. 93.Calculation of income

      2. 94.Calculation of earnings derived from employed earner’s employment and income other than earnings

      3. 95.Calculation of earnings of self-employed earners

      4. 96.Date on which income is treated as paid

      5. 97.Calculation of weekly amount of income

    3. Chapter III

      Employed Earners

      1. 98.Earnings of employed earners

      2. 99.Calculation of net earnings of employed earners

    4. Chapter IV

      Self-Employed Earners

      1. 100.Earnings of self-employed earners

      2. 101.Calculation of net profit of self-employed earners

      3. 102.Deduction of tax and contributions for self-employed earners

    5. Chapter V

      Other Income

      1. 103.Calculation of income other than earnings

      2. 104.Capital treated as income

      3. 105.Notional income

      4. 106.Modifications in respect of children and young persons

    6. Chapter VI

      Capital

      1. 107.Capital limit

      2. 108.Calculation of capital

      3. 109.Disregard of capital of child or young person

      4. 110.Income treated as capital

      5. 111.Calculation of capital in the United Kingdom

      6. 112.Calculation of capital outside the United Kingdom

      7. 113.Notional capital

      8. 114.Diminishing notional capital rule

      9. 115.Capital jointly held

      10. 116.Calculation of tariff income from capital

    7. Chapter VII

      Liable Relatives

      1. 117.Interpretation

      2. 118.Treatment of liable relative payments

      3. 119.Disregard of payments treated as not relevant income

      4. 120.Period over which periodical payments are to be taken into account

      5. 121.Period over which payments other than periodical payments are to be taken into account

      6. 122.Calculation of the weekly amount of a liable relative payment

      7. 123.Date on which a liable relative payment is to be treated as paid

      8. 124.Liable relative payments to be treated as capital

    8. Chapter VIII

      Child Support

      1. 125.Interpretation

      2. 126.Treatment of child support maintenance

      3. 127.Disregard of payments treated as not relevant income

      4. 128.Calculation of the weekly amount of child support maintenance

      5. 129.Date on which child support maintenance is to be treated as paid

    9. Chapter IX

      Full-Time Students

      1. 130.Interpretation

      2. 131.Calculation of grant income

      3. 132.Calculation of covenant income where a contribution is assessed

      4. 133.Covenant income where no grant income or no contribution is assessed

      5. 134.Relationship with amounts to be disregarded under Schedule 6

      6. 135.Other amounts to be disregarded

      7. 136.Treatment of student loans

      8. 137.Disregard of contribution

      9. 138.Income treated as capital

      10. 139.Disregard of changes occurring during summer vacation

  10. Part IX Hardship

    1. 140.Meaning of “person in hardship”

    2. 141.Circumstances in which an income-based jobseeker’s allowance is payable to a person in hardship

    3. 142.Further circumstances in which an income-based jobseeker’s allowance is payable to a person in hardship

    4. 143.Conditions for hardship payments

    5. 144.Provision of information

    6. 145.Applicable amount in hardship cases

    7. 146.Payments made on account of suspended benefit

  11. Part X Urgent Cases

    1. 147.Urgent cases

    2. 148.Applicable amount in urgent cases

    3. 149.Assessment of income and capital in urgent cases

  12. Part XI Part-weeks

    1. 150.Amount of a jobseeker’s allowance payable

    2. 151.Amount of a jobseeker’s allowance payable where a person is in a residential care or nursing home

    3. 152.Relevant week

    4. 153.Modification in the calculation of income

    5. 154.Reduction in certain cases

    6. 155.Modification of Article 17(2) of the Order

  13. Part XII Special Categories

    1. Chapter I

      Share Fishermen

      1. 156.Interpretation

      2. 157.Special provisions in respect of share fishermen

      3. 158.Modification of Article 2(2) of the Order

      4. 159.Modifications of Article 4 of the Order

      5. 160.Modifications of Articles 21 and 22 of the Order

      6. 161.Additional conditions for payment of a jobseeker’s allowance

      7. 162.Remunerative work

      8. 163.Calculation of earnings

      9. 164.Amount payable

    2. Chapter II

      Persons outside Northern Ireland

      1. 165.Amendment of the Social Security (Mariners' Benefits) Regulations

      2. 166.Modification of contribution conditions for volunteer development workers

  14. Part XIII Miscellaneous

    1. Chapter I

      Recovery of Maintenance

      1. 167.Recovery orders

    2. Chapter II

      Training Allowance

      1. 168.Persons in receipt of a training allowance

    3. Chapter III

      Trade Disputes

      1. 169.Trade disputes: exemptions from Article 17 of the Order

      2. 170.Trade disputes: prescribed sum

  15. Signature

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      Applicable Amounts

      1. Part I Personal Allowances

        1. 1.The weekly amounts specified in column (2) in respect of...

        2. 2.The weekly amounts specified in column (2) in respect of...

        3. 3.(1) The weekly amount for the purposes of regulations 83(c)...

      2. Part II Family Premium

        1. 4.The weekly amount for the purposes of regulations 83(d) and...

      3. Part III Premiums

        1. 5.Except as provided in paragraph 6, the weekly premiums specified...

        2. 6.Subject to paragraph 7, where a claimant satisfies the conditions...

        3. 7.(1) The severe disability premium to which paragraph 15 applies...

        4. 8.(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2), for the purposes of this...

        5. 9.Lone Parent Premium

        6. 10.Pensioner Premium for persons over 60

        7. 11.Pensioner Premium where claimant’s partner has attained the age of 75

        8. 12.Higher Pensioner Premium

        9. 13.Disability Premium

        10. 14.Additional Conditions for Higher Pensioner and Disability Premium

        11. 15.Severe Disability Premium

        12. 16.Disabled Child Premium

        13. 17.Carer Premium

        14. 18.Persons in receipt of concessionary payments

        15. 19.Person in receipt of benefit

      4. Part IV Weekly Amounts of Premiums Specified in Part III

      5. Part V Rounding of Fractions

        1. 21.Where an income-based jobseeker’s allowance is awarded for a period...

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      Housing Costs

      1. 1.Housing Costs

      2. 2.Circumstances in which a person is liable to meet housing costs

      3. 3.Circumstances in which a person is to be treated as occupying a dwelling as his home

      4. 4.Housing costs not met

      5. 5.Apportionment of housing costs

      6. 6.Existing housing costs

      7. 7.New housing costs

      8. 8.General exclusions from paragraphs 6 and 7

      9. 9.The calculation for loans

      10. 10.General provisions applying to new and existing housing costs

      11. 11.The standard rate

      12. 12.Excessive Housing Costs

      13. 13.Linking rule

      14. 14.Loans on residential property

      15. 15.Loans for repairs and improvements to the dwelling occupied as the home

      16. 16.Other housing costs

      17. 17.Non-dependant deductions

      18. 18.Continuity with Income Support

      19. 19.Rounding of Fractions

    3. SCHEDULE 3

      Applicable Amounts of Persons in Residential Care and Nursing Homes

      1. 1.(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2), the weekly applicable amount of...

      2. 2.(1) Where, in addition to the weekly charge for accommodation,...

      3. 3.Where any part of the weekly charge for the accommodation...

      4. 4.(1) Subject to paragraph 9, the maximum referred to in...

      5. 5.Residential care homes

      6. 6.Nursing homes

      7. 7.The appropriate amount applicable to a claimant in a residential...

      8. 8.(1) Where more than one amount would otherwise be applicable,...

      9. 9.Circumstances in which the maximum is not to apply

      10. 10.Personal allowances

    4. SCHEDULE 4

      Applicable Amounts in Special Cases

      1. 18.Rounding of fractions

    5. SCHEDULE 5

      Sums to be Disregarded in the Calculation of Earnings

      1. 1.In the case of a claimant who has been engaged...

      2. 2.In the case of a claimant who, before the date...

      3. 3.Any payment to which regulation 98(1)(f) applies—

      4. 4.In the case of a claimant who has been engaged...

      5. 5.(1) In a case to which this paragraph applies, £15;...

      6. 6.If an amount by way of a lone parent premium...

      7. 7.(1) In a case to which neither paragraph 5 or...

      8. 8.Where the carer premium is awarded in respect of a...

      9. 9.(1) In a case to which none of paragraphs 5...

      10. 10.Where the claimant is engaged in one or more employments...

      11. 11.Where the claimant is a member of a couple and...

      12. 12.In a case to which none of paragraphs 5 to...

      13. 13.Notwithstanding paragraphs 1 to 12, where 2 or more payments...

      14. 14.Any earnings derived from employment which are payable in a...

      15. 15.Where a payment of earnings is made in a currency...

      16. 16.Any earnings which are due to be paid before the...

      17. 17.Any earnings of a child or young person except earnings...

      18. 18.In the case of earnings of a child or young...

      19. 19.In the case of a claimant who has been engaged...

      20. 20.In this Schedule “part-time employment” means employment in which the...

      21. 21.In paragraph 5(7)(b) “permitted period” means a period determined in...

    6. SCHEDULE 6

      Sums to be Disregarded in the Calculation of Income other than Earnings

      1. 1.Any amount paid by way of tax on income which...

      2. 2.Any payment in respect of any expenses incurred by a...

      3. 3.In the case of employment as an employed earner, any...

      4. 4.In the case of a payment of statutory sick pay...

      5. 5.In the case of the payment of statutory sick pay...

      6. 6.Any housing benefit.

      7. 7.The mobility component of disability living allowance, or any mobility...

      8. 8.Any concessionary payment made to compensate for the non-payment of—...

      9. 9.Any mobility supplement or any payment intended to compensate for...

      10. 10.Any attendance allowance or the care component of disability living...

      11. 11.Any payment to the claimant as holder of the Victoria...

      12. 12.Any sum in respect of a course of study attended...

      13. 13.In the case of a claimant to whom regulation 11...

      14. 14.In the case of a claimant participating in provision or...

      15. 15.(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (3) and paragraphs 38, 39 and...

      16. 16.(1) Subject to paragraphs (2) to (4), in the case...

      17. 17.Subject to paragraphs 38 and 39, £10 of any of...

      18. 18.Where a claimant receives income under an annuity purchased with...

      19. 19.Any payment made to the claimant by a person who...

      20. 20.Where the claimant occupies a dwelling as his home and...

      21. 21.Where the claimant occupies a dwelling as his home and...

      22. 22.(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2), except where regulation 105(10)(a)(i) (notional...

      23. 23.(1) Any income derived from capital to which the claimant...

      24. 24.Any income which is payable in a country outside the...

      25. 25.Where a payment of income is made in a currency...

      26. 26.(1) Any payment made to the claimant in respect of...

      27. 27.Any payment made by a Health and Social Services Board...

      28. 28.Any payment made by a Health and Social Services Board...

      29. 29.Except in the case of a person who is, or...

      30. 30.Subject to sub-paragraph (2), any payment received under an insurance...

      31. 31.(1) Except where paragraph 30 applies, and subject to sub-paragraph...

      32. 32.(1) Subject to sub-paragraphs (2) and (3), in the case...

      33. 33.Any social fund payment made pursuant to Part VIII of...

      34. 34.Any payment of income which under regulation 110 (income treated...

      35. 35.Any payment under Part X of the Benefits Act (pensioner’s...

      36. 36.In the case of a person who is, or would...

      37. 37.Any payment which is due to be paid before the...

      38. 38.The total of a claimant’s income or, if he is...

      39. 39.Notwithstanding paragraph 38, where 2 or more payments of the...

      40. 40.Any resettlement benefit which is paid to the claimant by...

      41. 41.(1) Any payment made under the Macfarlane Trust, the Macfarlane...

      42. 42.Any payment made by the Department to compensate for the...

      43. 43.Any payment made to a juror or a witness in...

      44. 44.Any community charge benefit.

      45. 45.Any payment in consequence of a reduction of a personal...

      46. 46.Any special war widows payment made under—

      47. 47.(1) Any payment or repayment made under regulation 3, 5...

      48. 48.Any payment made under regulation 8, 9, 10 or 12...

      49. 49.Any payment made under a scheme established by the Northern...

      50. 50.Any payment (other than a training allowance) made, whether by...

      51. 51.Any council tax benefit.

      52. 52.Where the claimant is in receipt of any benefit under...

      53. 53.Any supplementary pension under Article 29(1A) of the Naval, Military...

      54. 54.In the case of a pension awarded at the supplementary...

      55. 55.(1) Any payment which is— (a) made under any of...

    7. SCHEDULE 7

      Capital to be Disregarded

      1. 1.The dwelling occupied as the home but, notwithstanding regulation 88,...

      2. 2.Any premises or land acquired for occupation by the claimant...

      3. 3.Any sum directly attributable to the proceeds of sale of—...

      4. 4.Any premises occupied in whole or in part as the...

      5. 5.Where a claimant has ceased to occupy what was formerly...

      6. 6.Any premises or land where the claimant is taking reasonable...

      7. 7.Any premises which the claimant intends to occupy as his...

      8. 8.Any premises which the claimant intends to occupy as his...

      9. 9.Any grant made in Great Britain to the claimant in...

      10. 10.Any future interest in property of any kind, other than...

      11. 11.(1) The assets of any business owned in whole or...

      12. 12.Any arrears of, or any concessionary payment made to compensate...

      13. 13.Any sum— (a) paid to the claimant in consequence of...

      14. 14.Any sum— (a) deposited with a housing association as a...

      15. 15.Any personal possessions except those which have or had been...

      16. 16.The value of the right to receive any income under...

      17. 17.Where the funds of a trust are derived from a...

      18. 18.The value of the right to receive any income under...

      19. 19.The value of the right to receive any income which...

      20. 20.The surrender value of any policy of life insurance.

      21. 21.Where any payment of capital falls to be made by...

      22. 22.Except in the case of a person who is, or...

      23. 23.Any social fund payment made pursuant to Part VIII of...

      24. 24.Any refund of tax which falls to be deducted under...

      25. 25.Any capital which under regulation 104, 106(1) or 136 (capital...

      26. 26.Where a payment of capital is made in a currency...

      27. 27.(1) Any payment made under the Macfarlane Trust, the Macfarlane...

      28. 28.The value of the right to receive an occupational or...

      29. 29.The value of any funds held under a personal pension...

      30. 30.The value of the right to receive any rent except...

      31. 31.Any payment in kind made by a charity or under...

      32. 32.£200 of any payment or, if the payment is less...

      33. 33.Any payment made under arrangements made by the Department to...

      34. 34.Any payment made to a juror or a witness in...

      35. 35.Any payment in consequence of a reduction of a personal...

      36. 36.(1) Any payment or repayment made under regulation 3, 5...

      37. 37.Any payment made under regulation 8, 9, 10 or 12...

      38. 38.Any payment made under a scheme established by the Northern...

      39. 39.Any arrears of special war widows payment which is disregarded...

      40. 40.Any payment (other than a training allowance, or a training...

      41. 41.Any sum of capital administered on behalf of a person...

      42. 42.Any payment to the claimant as holder of the Victoria...

  16. Explanatory Note

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