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

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Death of a person with care of a child

7.—(1) In a case where—

(a)the person (A) with care of a child in respect of whom child maintenance is payable dies;

(b)on the date of his death, the person (A) was entitled or, where he has a partner, his partner was entitled to a qualifying benefit or had been so entitled within the 12 weeks ending on the date of his death;

(c)after the death, another person (B), who is a close relative of the person (A) and who was not before the death a person with the care of the child, becomes the person with care; and

(d)that other person was entitled or, where the other person has a partner, the other person or his partner was entitled to a qualifying benefit on the day the person (A) died or becomes entitled to a qualifying benefit within 12 weeks of the day on which the person (A) was last entitled to a qualifying benefit,

then any weeks forming part of the bonus period of the person (A) which was current at the date of his death or within 12 weeks of the date on which he died shall be treated as part of the bonus period of the person (B) to the extent that those weeks are not otherwise a part of his bonus period.

(2) In this regulation, “close relative” means a parent, parent-in-law, son, son-in-law, daughter, daughter-in-law, step-parent, step-son, step-daughter, brother, sister, or the spouse of any of the preceding persons or, if that person is one of an unmarried couple, the other member of that couple.

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