Search Legislation

The Social Security (Child Maintenance Bonus) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

What Version

 Help about what version
  • Latest available (Revised)
  • Original (As made)

Opening Options

 Help about opening options

Status:

This is the original version (as it was originally made). This item of legislation is currently only available in its original format.

Bonus period

4.—(1) A bonus period comprises only days falling on or after 7th April 1997 on which—

(a)the applicant or, where the applicant has a partner, his partner is entitled to, or is treated as entitled to a qualifying benefit whether it is payable or not;

(b)the applicant has residing with him a qualifying child; and

(c)child maintenance is either—

(i)taken into account in determining the amount of the applicant’s income for the purposes of the qualifying benefit, or

(ii)retained by the Department in accordance with section 72A(3) of the Administration Act.

(2) Any two or more bonus periods separated by any one connected period shall be treated as one bonus period.

(3) For the purposes of these Regulations, “a connected period” is—

(a)any period of not more than 12 weeks falling between two bonus periods to which paragraph (1) refers;

(b)any period of not more than 12 weeks throughout which—

(i)no qualifying child resides with the applicant, or

(ii)the applicant ceases to be entitled to a qualifying benefit on becoming one of a couple and the couple fail to satisfy conditions of entitlement to a qualifying benefit;

(c)any period throughout which maternity allowance is payable to the applicant; or

(d)any period of not more than 2 years throughout which incapacity benefit, severe disablement allowance or invalid care allowance is payable to the applicant.

(4) In calculating any period for the purposes of paragraph (3) no regard shall be had to any day which falls before 7th April 1997.

(5) Bonus periods separated by two or more connected periods shall not link to form a single bonus period but shall instead remain separate bonus periods.

(6) Where a qualifying child is temporarily absent for a period not exceeding 12 weeks from the home he shares with the applicant, the applicant shall be treated as satisfying the requirements of paragraph (1)(b) throughout that absence.

(7) A bonus period which would, but for this paragraph, have continued shall end—

(a)where the applicant or, where the applicant has a partner, his partner, satisfies the work condition and claims a bonus, on the last day of entitlement to a qualifying benefit to which any award made on that claim applies; or

(b)where the person with the care of the child or his partner dies, on the date of death.

Back to top

Options/Help

Print Options

Close

Legislation is available in different versions:

Latest Available (revised):The latest available updated version of the legislation incorporating changes made by subsequent legislation and applied by our editorial team. Changes we have not yet applied to the text, can be found in the ‘Changes to Legislation’ area.

Original (As Enacted or Made):The original version of the legislation as it stood when it was enacted or made. No changes have been applied to the text.

Close

Opening Options

Different options to open legislation in order to view more content on screen at once

Close

More Resources

Access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item from this tab. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • correction slips
  • links to related legislation and further information resources