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The Housing Benefit (General and Supply of Information) (Jobseeker’s Allowance) (Consequential Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

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Amendment of Schedule 5A to the principal Regulations

22.  In Schedule 5A to the principal Regulations (extended payments of housing benefit)(1)—

(a)in paragraph 2—

(i)in sub-paragraph (a) after “income support” there shall be inserted “or an income-based jobseeker’s allowance”;

(ii)in sub-paragraph (c) after “entitlement to income support” there shall be inserted “or an income-based jobseeker’s allowance”;

(iii)in sub-paragraph (d) after “income support” there shall be inserted “or an income-based jobseeker’s allowance”, and

(iv)for sub-paragraph (e) there shall be substituted the following sub-paragraph—

(e)that the claimant had been entitled to and in receipt of income support or a jobseeker’s allowance for a continuous period of at least 26 weeks until the relevant day in any of, or any combination of, the circumstances set out at sub-paragraph (c), and for the purpose of this sub-paragraph—

(i)any period of entitlement to and receipt of unemployment benefit shall be taken to be entitlement to and receipt of income support, and

(ii)for the avoidance of doubt a claimant satisfies the conditions of this sub-paragraph if he has been entitled to and in receipt of income support for at least 26 weeks, or a jobseeker’s allowance for at least 26 weeks, or a combination of income support and a jobseeker’s allowance for at least 26 weeks.;

(b)in paragraph 3—

(i)in sub-paragraph (2)(c) after “income support” there shall be inserted “or an income-based jobseeker’s allowance”, and

(ii)in sub-paragraph (3)(a) at the beginning there shall be inserted “where the Department certifies under paragraph 2(a) that the claimant was entitled to and in receipt of income support,”;

(c)in paragraph 13 in the definition of “the relevant day” after “income support” there shall be inserted “or an income-based jobseeker’s allowance”.

(1)

Schedule 5A was inserted by regulation 6 of S.R. 1996 No. 115

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