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The Social Security (Lone Parents) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997

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Amendment of the Income Support Regulations

2.—(1) The Income Support Regulations shall be amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (4).

(2) In regulation 2(1) (interpretation) after the definition of “invalid carriage or other vehicle” there shall be inserted the following definition—

“the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations” means the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996;.

(3) In Schedule 2 (applicable amounts), in paragraph 3(1) (family premium)—

(a)after “3.” there shall be inserted “—(1)”;

(b)in the re-numbered sub-paragraph (1)(a) for “and no premium is applicable under paragraph 9, 9A, 10 or 11” there shall be substituted “to whom sub-paragraph (2) applies”;

(c)after sub-paragraph (1) there shall be inserted the following sub-paragraphs—

(2) The amount in sub-paragraph (1)(a) shall be applicable to a lone parent—

(a)who was entitled to income support on 5th April 1998 and whose applicable amount on that date included the amount applicable under sub-paragraph (a) as in operation on that date; or

(b)on becoming entitled to income support where the claimant was entitled to an income-based jobseeker’s allowance on 5th April 1998 and that claimant’s applicable amount—

(i)on that date included the amount applicable under paragraph 4(a) of Schedule 1 to the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations as in operation on that date, and

(ii)on the last day of that award, included the amount applicable under paragraph 4(1)(a) of Schedule 1 to the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations(2),

and in respect of whom, all of the conditions specified in sub-paragraph (3) have continued to apply.

(3) The conditions specified for the purposes of sub-paragraph (2) are that, in respect of the period commencing on and including 6th April 1998—

(a)the claimant has not ceased to be entitled, or has not ceased to be treated as entitled, to income support;

(b)the claimant has not ceased to be a lone parent; and

(c)a premium under paragraph 9, 9A, 10 or 11 has not become applicable to that claimant.

(4) For the purpose of sub-paragraph (3)(a), a claimant shall be treated as entitled to income support during the period of an award of an income-based jobseeker’s allowance, throughout which his applicable amount included the amount applicable under paragraph 4(1)(a) of Schedule 1 to the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations..

(4) In Schedule 8 for paragraph 5(3) (disregard of certain sums in the calculation of a lone parent’s earnings) there shall be substituted the following paragraph—

5.  In a case where the claimant is a lone parent and paragraph 4 does not apply, £15..

(1)

Paragraph 3 was amended by regulation 18 of S.R. 1988 No. 318 and regulation 5(4) of S.R. 1996 No. 288

(2)

Paragraph 4 is amended by regulation 4(2) of these Regulations

(3)

Paragraph 5 was amended by regulation 5(6) of S.R. 1996 No. 288

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