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The Social Security (Jobseeker’s Allowance and Payments on account) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

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Amendment of the Jobseeker’s Allowance (Transitional Provisions) Regulations

2.—(1) The Jobseeker’s Allowance (Transitional Provisions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996(1) shall be amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (9).

(2) In regulation 2 (jobseeking period) after paragraph (2) there shall be inserted the following paragraph—

(2A) Any period in which a claimant is entitled to a jobseeker’s allowance in accordance with regulation 11(3) (earnings during the transitionally protected period) shall, for the purposes of paragraph (1), be treated as a period in which he satisfies the conditions specified in Article 3(2)(a) to (c) and (e) to (i) of the Order..

(3) In regulation 3(2) (linking periods) after sub-paragraph (e)(2) there shall be added the following sub-paragraph—

(f)a period which includes 6th October 1996 during which the claimant attends court in response to a summons for jury service and which was immediately preceded by a period of entitlement to unemployment benefit..

(4) After regulation 5 (transition from unemployment benefit to a jobseeker’s allowance) there shall be inserted the following regulation—

Transition from unemployment benefit to a jobseeker’s allowance: further provisions

5A.(1) A person who has an award of unemployment benefit, or unemployment benefit and income support, for the benefit week that includes 7th October 1996, but to whom unemployment benefit is not payable in respect of the relevant day shall—

(a)be treated as having an award of a jobseeker’s allowance from the first day of the benefit week after the benefit week that includes the relevant day until such date as he fails to satisfy, or ceases to be treated as satisfying, any condition of entitlement to a jobseeker’s allowance that applies in his case, and

(b)be treated as satisfying the requirements of Article 3(2)(b) of the Order (jobseeker’s agreement) until the day he actually enters into a jobseeker’s agreement in accordance with Article 11(1) of the Order (jobseeker’s agreement) or until, in a case where a proposed jobseeker’s agreement is referred to an adjudication officer for him to determine, the day the adjudication officer gives a direction in accordance with Article 11(7) of the Order.

(2) Paragraph (1) shall not apply to a person if the sole reason unemployment benefit is not payable to him in respect of the relevant day is that he was disqualified for receiving unemployment benefit in accordance with section 28 of the Benefits Act.

(3) A person who, in respect of his claim for unemployment benefit, or unemployment benefit and income support, has restricted the hours he is available for work to 40 hours or more a week, shall be treated as having recorded his pattern of availability in the jobseeker’s agreement he is treated as having entered into under paragraph (1)(b)..

(5) In regulation 7 (claims for entitlement to a jobseeker’s allowance)—

(a)after paragraph (2) there shall be inserted the following paragraph—

(2A) A person who, in respect of his claim for income support or unemployment benefit, or income support and unemployment benefit, has restricted the hours he is available for work to 40 hours or more a week shall be treated as having recorded his pattern of availability in the jobseeker’s agreement he is treated as having entered into under paragraph (2)., and

(b)after paragraph (5) there shall be inserted the following paragraph—

(5A) Where a person to whom paragraph (5) applies had been entitled to an increase in his unemployment benefit in respect of an adult dependant and that increase was payable to him immediately preceding the day on which he was required to serve as a juror or the day training began, he shall be treated for the purposes of these Regulations as if that increase was payable to him in respect of the relevant day..

(6) In regulation 8 (further provisions applying to a continuing entitlement to a jobseeker’s allowance) after paragraph (5) there shall be added the following paragraph—

(6) Paragraphs (4) and (5) shall apply to a claimant to whom a jobseeker’s allowance is awarded other than in accordance with regulation 5 or 6 where—

(a)the first day of that award forms part of a jobseeking period which is separated by not more than 12 weeks from a period of interruption of employment, or

(b)the tax years which in accordance with Article 4 of the Order (the contribution-based conditions) are to be satisfied for entitlement to a contribution-based jobseeker’s allowance to arise are the same tax years as those by reference to which entitlement to unemployment benefit arose on a claim made by the claimant in respect of a day before 7th October 1996..

(7) In regulation 9 (transitionally protected period)—

(a)in paragraph (4)—

(i)after sub-paragraph (b) there shall be added the following sub-paragraph—

and

(c)unemployment benefit was payable in respect of the relevant day and the benefit included an increase for an adult dependant,, and

(ii)for “an amount equal to any dependency increase payable with his unemployment benefit in respect of the benefit week which includes the relevant day” there shall be substituted “that dependency increase” and at the end there shall be added “and the provisions of Part III of the Social Security Benefit (Dependency) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1977(3) (adult dependants) and Part III of the Social Security (Hospital In-Patients) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1975(4) (adjustment of dependency benefits) as they apply to unemployment benefit as in operation on 6th October 1996 shall apply to it”, and

(b)in paragraph (7) after “relevant day” there shall be inserted “or which would have been payable in that week but for any adjustments made in that week,”.

(8) In regulation 11 (earnings during the transitionally protected period) after paragraph (4) there shall be added the following paragraph—

(5) Where a person has one or more days in a week on which he fails to satisfy the conditions specified in paragraph (2) and in consequence of which a jobseeker’s allowance is not payable, those days shall not be treated as days of entitlement to a contribution-based jobseeker’s allowance for the purposes of Article 7(1) of the Order (duration of a contribution-based jobseeker’s allowance)..

(9) In regulation 16(1) (questions not immediately ascertainable) at the beginning there shall be inserted “During the transitionally protected period,”.

(1)

S.R. 1996 No. 200; relevant amending Regulations are S.R. 1996 No. 357

(2)

Sub-paragraph (e) was added by regulation 4(3) of S.R. 1996 No. 357

(4)

S.R. 1975 No. 109; relevant amending provisions are S.R. 1977 No. 316, S.I. 1996/1888 (N.I. 18) and S.R. 1987 Nos. 12 and 391

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