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

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Period of entitlement to a qualifying benefit

2.—(1) A period of entitlement to a qualifying benefit comprises only days on which a person is entitled to, or treated as entitled to a qualifying benefit.

(2) Subject to paragraph (4), any 2 or more periods of entitlement to a qualifying benefit separated by an intervening period specified in paragraph (3) shall link together to form a single period of entitlement to a qualifying benefit.

(3) The intervening periods specified in this paragraph are—

(a)any connecting period for the purposes of regulation 4;

(b)any period of not more than 12 weeks falling between—

(i)2 periods of entitlement to a qualifying benefit;

(ii)2 connecting periods;

(iii)a connecting period and a period of entitlement to a qualifying benefit.

(4) A period of entitlement to a qualifying benefit which would but for this paragraph have continued, shall end—

(a)where the applicant satisfies the work condition and claims a bonus, on the last day of entitlement to a qualifying benefit which precedes the day on which he first satisfies those requirements;

(b)where the person dies, on the date of his death.

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