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The Family Credit (General) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

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Insertion of regulation 49A into the Family Credit (General) Regulations

2.  After regulation 49 of the Family Credit (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987(1) (death of claimant) there shall be inserted the following regulation—

Young person leaving full-time education

49A.(1) Subject to paragraph (3), where an award of family credit is payable and the claimant or his partner are responsible, or are treated as being responsible for the purposes of regulation 7 (circumstances in which a person is to be treated as responsible or not responsible for another), for a young person and that young person—

(a)is, for the purpose of that award, a person of a prescribed description under section 127(1)(d) of the Contributions and Benefits Act, and

(b)ceases, or has ceased, to receive full-time education,

that cessation shall be a change of circumstances affecting the award, the award shall be reviewed and the award shall cease with effect from the date specified in paragraph (2).

(2) The date specified for the purposes of paragraph (1) shall be—

(a)2nd July 1996 where the young person ceased to receive full-time education as from a date before that date, or

(b)the date upon which the young person attains the age of 16 or ceases to receive full-time education, whichever is the later.

(3) Paragraph (1) shall not apply where a young person referred to in that paragraph is a member of the same household as one or more children or, as the case may be, young persons who are receiving full-time education and for whom the claimant or his partner are responsible or are treated as responsible for the purposes of regulation 7.

(4) For the purposes of paragraphs (1) and (2), “young person” includes a young person who attains the age of 19—

(a)during the period between the date of claim and the date from which the claimant is awarded family credit, or

(b)during the period an award of family credit is payable.

(5) In this regulation, “full-time education” means full-time education, either by attendance at a recognised educational establishment as defined in section 143(1) of the Contributions and Benefits Act or otherwise, if such education is recognised by the Department pursuant to section 138(2) of that Act, but is not a course of advanced education for the purposes of Chapter VII of Part IV(2) (students)..


The definition of “a course of advanced education” in regulation 37 was amended by regulation 3(8) of S.R. 1992 No. 403 and regulation 3(9) of S.R. 1993 No. 373

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