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The Social Security (Back to Work Bonus) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

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Couples both of whom are entitled to a qualifying benefit

16.—(1) Where—

(a)one member of a couple is entitled to a contribution-based jobseeker’s allowance, and

(b)the other member of the couple is entitled to an income-based jobseeker’s allowance or to income support,

any bonus which accrues in respect of the earnings of the person entitled to a contribution-based jobseeker’s allowance shall accrue to the bonus of the person who within the bonus period was last entitled to an income-based jobseeker’s allowance or to income support.

(2) Where—

(a)2 persons become a couple;

(b)neither member of the couple has served his waiting period;

(c)both members of the couple have, at the time they become a couple, a current period of entitlement to a qualifying benefit;

(d)one member of the couple has fewer days of entitlement to a qualifying benefit (represented by “A”) in that period than the other member (represented by “B”);

(e)the person entitled to the qualifying benefit after they become a couple is the person with fewer days of entitlement, and

(f)the qualifying benefit to which he is entitled is not a contribution-based jobseeker’s allowance,

then the number of waiting days the person is required to serve in accordance with regulation 6(2) (waiting period) shall be reduced by a number equal to the number by which B exceeds A.

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