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The Employment Protection (Recoupment of Jobseeker’s Allowance and Income Support) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

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Part IVDetermination and Review of Benefit Recouped

Provisions relating to determination of amount paid by way of or paid as on account of benefit

10.—(1) Without prejudice to the right of the Department to recover from an employer the recoupable benefit, an employee to whom a copy of a recoupment notice has been served in accordance with regulation 8 may, within 21 days of the date on which such notice was served on him or within such further time as the Department may for special reasons allow, give notice in writing to the Department that he does not accept that the amount specified in the recoupment notice in respect of jobseeker’s allowance or income support is correct.

(2) Where an employee has given notice in writing to the Department under paragraph (1) that he does not accept that an amount specified in the recoupment notice is correct, the Department shall forthwith submit to an adjudication officer the question as to the amount of jobseeker’s allowance or income support, as the case may be, paid in respect of the period to which the prescribed element is attributable or, as appropriate, in respect of so much of the protected period as falls before the date on which the employer complies with regulation 6 and any question so submitted shall be for determination by an adjudication officer, a social security appeal tribunal and a Commissioner, in accordance with sections 19 to 23(1) and section 34 of the Administration Act.

(3) Where—

(a)on the determination of a question submitted to an adjudication officer under paragraph (2), or

(b)on the review under section 23 of the Administration Act of a decision in pursuance of which a sum was paid by way of or paid as on account of jobseeker’s allowance or income support,

the amount recovered by the Department from the employer under these Regulations exceeds the total amount paid by way of jobseeker’s allowance or income support to the employee which would not have been paid if a decision on review under section 23 of the Administration Act had been made in the first instance, the Department shall pay to the employee an amount equal to such excess.

(4) In any case where, after the Department has recovered from an employer any amount by way of recoupment of benefit, the decision given by the industrial tribunal in consequence of which such recoupment took place is set aside or varied on appeal or on a re-hearing by the industrial tribunal, the Department shall make such repayment to the employer or payment to the employee of the whole or part of the amount recovered as it is satisfied should properly be made having regard to the decision given on appeal or re-hearing.

Revocations and transitional provision

11.—(1) The following Regulations are hereby revoked—

(a)the Industrial Relations (Recoupment of Unemployment Benefit and Supplementary Benefit) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1977(2);

(b)the Industrial Relations (Recoupment of Unemployment Benefit and Supplementary Benefit) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1980(3);

(c)regulation 9 of the Social Security (Adjudication) (Consequential Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1984(4);

(d)the Industrial Relations (Recoupment of Unemployment Benefit and Supplementary Benefit) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1988(5);

(e)the Industrial Relations (Recoupment of Unemployment Benefit and Income Support) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1989(6).

(2) Paragraph (1) shall not have effect in relation to awards or parts of awards made by an industrial tribunal after the date these Regulations come into operation where the award or part of the award is in respect of a period before that date.

(1)

Section 23 was amended by paragraph 46 of Schedule 1 to the Social Security (Incapacity for Work) (Northern Ireland) Order 1994 (S.I. 1994/1898 (N.I. 12))

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