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The Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments No. 4) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997

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Amendment of the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations

5.—(1) Schedule 2 to the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996(1) (housing costs) shall be amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (6).

(2) After paragraph 1 (housing costs) there shall be inserted the following paragraph—

Previous entitlement to income support

1A.(1) Where a claimant or his partner was in receipt of or was treated as being in receipt of income support not more than 12 weeks before one of them becomes entitled to income-based jobseeker’s allowance or, where the claimant or his partner is a person to whom paragraph 13(2) or (10) (linking rules) refers, not more than 26 weeks before becoming so entitled and—

(a)the applicable amount for income support included an amount in respect of housing costs under paragraph 15 or 16 of Schedule 3 to the Income Support Regulations (loans on residential property and for repairs and improvements to the dwelling occupied as the home), and

(b)the circumstances affecting the calculation of those housing costs remain unchanged since the last calculation of those costs,

the applicable amount in respect of housing costs for income-based jobseeker’s allowance shall be the applicable amount in respect of those costs current when entitlement to income support was last determined.

(2) Where, in the period since housing costs were last calculated for income support, there has been a change of circumstances, other than a reduction in the amount of an outstanding loan, which increases or reduces those costs, the amount to be met under this Schedule shall, for the purposes of the claim for income-based jobseeker’s allowance, be recalculated so as to take account of that change..

(3) In paragraph 6(2) (existing housing costs) after “sub-paragraph (1)” there shall be inserted “and subject to sub-paragraph (3)”.

(4) After paragraph 6(2) there shall be added the following sub-paragraph—

(3) Where a claimant or his partner ceases to be in receipt of or treated as being in receipt of income support and one of them becomes entitled to income-based jobseeker’s allowance in a case to which paragraph 1A(2) applies, the eligible capital for the time being owing shall be recalculated on each anniversary of the date on which the housing costs were first met for whichever of the benefits concerned the claimant or his partner was first entitled..

(5) In paragraph 7(2) (new housing costs) after “sub-paragraph (1)” there shall be inserted “and subject to sub-paragraph (2A)”.

(6) After paragraph 7(2) there shall be inserted the following sub-paragraph—

(2A) Where a claimant or his partner ceases to be in receipt of or treated as being in receipt of income support and one of them becomes entitled to income-based jobseeker’s allowance in a case to which paragraph 1A(3) applies, the eligible capital for the time being owing shall be recalculated on each anniversary of the date on which the housing costs were first met for whichever of the benefits concerned the claimant or his partner was first entitled..

(2)

Paragraph 1A is inserted by regulation 5(2) of these Regulations

(3)

Paragraph 1A is inserted by regulation 5(2) of these Regulations

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