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

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8.—(1) In a case where the person with care of the child in respect of whom child maintenance is payable (the applicant) or the applicant’s partner, either—

(a)is entitled to income support on the day before the applicant attains the age of 60; or

(b)is entitled to a jobseeker’s allowance on the day before the applicant attains pensionable age,

the bonus period shall end on the day before the applicant attains 60 or, as the case may be, pensionable age and a bonus shall become payable to the applicant whether or not a claim is made for it.

(2) Where an applicant who ceases to be entitled to a jobseeker’s allowance after attaining the age of 60 without satisfying the condition in paragraph (1)(b), becomes entitled to income support within—

(a)a period of 12 weeks of him ceasing to be entitled to a jobseeker’s allowance; or

(b)the duration of any connected period to which regulation 4(3) applies which immediately follows such an entitlement and which applies in his case,

he shall be entitled to the bonus as though paragraph (1) were satisfied in his case and his bonus period shall be treated as though it ended on the day he becomes entitled to income support.

(3) No day which falls after the day the bonus period ends in accordance with paragraph (1) or (4) or is treated as ending in accordance with paragraph (2), shall form part of that or any other bonus period.

(4) Paragraph (5) shall apply where—

(a)the applicant or the applicant’s partner—

(i)ceased to be entitled to income support in the 12 weeks preceding the date of the applicant attaining the age of 60;

(ii)ceased to be entitled to a jobseeker’s allowance in the 12 weeks preceding the date of the applicant attaining pensionable age, and

(b)the person who ceases to be so entitled failed to satisfy the requirements of regulation 3(1)(c) to (f).

(5) Where this paragraph applies—

(a)the bonus period shall end on the day entitlement to the qualifying benefit ceased; and

(b)a bonus shall become payable to the applicant, but only where a claim is made for it in accordance with regulation 10 (claiming a bonus).

(6) In this regulation, “applicant” includes, where no claim is made, a person who would have been an applicant had a claim for a bonus been required.

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