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The Social Security Benefits (Maintenance Payments and Consequential Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

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Interpretation for the purposes of section 72A of the Act

2.  In section 72A of the Act (payment of benefit where maintenance payments collected by Department)—

(a)“child maintenance” means any payment towards the maintenance of a child or young person, including payments made—

(i)under a court order;

(ii)under a maintenance assessment made under the Child Support (Northern Ireland) Order 1991(1);

(iii)under an agreement for maintenance, or

(iv)voluntarily,

and for this purpose a “young person” is a person referred to in regulation 3 (persons of a prescribed description);

(b)“spousal maintenance” means any payment made by a person towards the maintenance of that person’s spouse, including payments made—

(i)under a court order;

(ii)under an agreement for maintenance, or

(iii)voluntarily;

(c)“relevant income” means—

(i)any income which is taken into account under Part V of the Income Support Regulations for the purposes of calculating the amount of income support to which the claimant is entitled, or

(ii)any income which is taken into account under Part VIII of the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations for the purposes of calculating the amount of jobseeker’s allowance to which the claimant is entitled.

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