Search Legislation

The Social Security (Attendance Allowance and Disability Living Allowance) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997

What Version

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

Opening Options

 Help about opening options


This is the original version (as it was originally made).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

Amendment of the Social Security (Attendance Allowance) Regulations

2.—(1) The Social Security (Attendance Allowance) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1992(1) shall be amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) and (3).

(2) In regulation 1(2) (interpretation) after the definition of “the Act” there shall be inserted the following definition—

“the Administration Act” means the Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992;.

(3) After regulation 8B (exemption from regulation 8A)(2) there shall be inserted the following regulations—

Medical examination in prescribed circumstances

8C.(1) The prescribed circumstances in which a person who is awarded attendance allowance shall be required to attend for, or submit to, a medical examination, are where the Department is undertaking an investigation under section 28(7A) of the Administration Act (reviews of decisions of adjudication officers)(3).

(2) An examination under paragraph (1) shall be conducted by a medical practitioner who is—

(a)approved by the Department; or

(b)engaged by an organisation approved by the Department.

Withholding of benefit in prescribed circumstances

8D.(1) Subject to paragraph (2), where a person who is receiving attendance allowance is required by the Department to attend for, or submit to, a medical examination under regulation 8C and fails to comply with that requirement on more than one occasion, that allowance may be withheld, in whole or in part, from a date, not earlier than the second such occasion, as the Department shall determine.

(2) Paragraph (1) shall not apply where—

(a)a person who is required to attend for, or submit to, a medical examination proves to the satisfaction of the Department that he has good cause for failing to comply with that requirement;

(b)a person who is required to attend for, or submit to, a medical examination produces such evidence as is acceptable to the Department in place of a medical examination; or

(c)the Department otherwise has available to it such evidence as is acceptable to it.

(3) For the purposes of paragraph (2)(a), the matters which are to be taken into account in determining whether a person has good cause shall include—

(a)whether he was outside Northern Ireland at the relevant time;

(b)his state of health at the relevant time; and

(c)the nature of any disability from which he suffers.

Payment of withheld benefit

8E.(1) Where the Department is satisfied that no question arises in connection with its investigation referred to in regulation 8C(1), payment of the amount withheld and the attendance allowance shall be made forthwith.

(2) Where a question arose in connection with an investigation referred to in regulation 8C(1) in respect of which—

(a)the Department made an application for the review of a person’s entitlement to attendance allowance under section 28 of the Administration Act; and

(b)an adjudication officer has made a determination,

payment of the attendance allowance shall be made in accordance with the adjudication officer’s determination, on review, of the person’s entitlement.

(3) Where paragraph (1) or (2) does not apply and attendance allowance is withheld under regulation 8D for a period of more than 3 months, the Department shall—

(a)make, with a view to review, an application to the adjudication officer on the ground that the person failed to attend for, or submit to, medical examination; and

(b)make such payments as are determined, on review, by the adjudication officer..


S.R. 1992 No. 20; relevant amending regulations are S.R. 1994 No. 263


Regulations 8A and 8B were inserted by regulation 2(4) of S.R. 1994 No. 263


Subsection (7A) was inserted by Article 16(1) of the Social Security Administration (Fraud) (Northern Ireland) Order 1997

Back to top


Print Options


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.


Opening Options

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


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