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The Social Security (1998 Order) (Commencement No. 10 and Savings, Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Order (Northern Ireland) 1999

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Modification of the Employment Protection (Recoupment of Jobseeker’s Allowance and Income Support) Regulations

13.  The Employment Protection (Recoupment of Jobseeker’s Allowance and Income Support) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996(1) shall have effect in relation to jobseeker’s allowance as if—

(a)in regulation 2(1) (interpretation) after the definition of “the 1996 Order” there were inserted the following definition—

“the 1998 Order” means the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1998;;

(b)in the heading to Part IV “AND REVIEW” were omitted; and

(c)in regulation 10 (provisions relating to determination of amount paid by way of or as on account of benefit) for paragraphs (2) and (3) there were substituted the following paragraphs—

(2) Where an employee has given notice in writing to the Department under paragraph (1) that he does not accept that an amount specified in the recoupment notice is correct, the Department shall decide the question as to the amount of jobseeker’s allowance paid in respect of the period to which the prescribed element is attributable or, as appropriate, in respect of so much of the protected period as falls before the date on which the employer complies with regulation 6.

(2A) The Department may revise, either on an application made for the purpose or on its own initiative, a decision under paragraph (2).

(2B) The employee shall have a right of appeal to an appeal tribunal constituted under Chapter I of Part II of the 1998 Order against a decision of the Department whether as originally made under paragraph (2) or as revised under paragraph (2A).

(2C) The Social Security and Child Support (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 shall apply for the purposes of paragraphs (2A) and (2B) as if a decision of the Department under paragraph (2A) were made under Article 10 of the 1998 Order and any appeal under paragraph (2B) were made under Article 13 of that Order.

(3) Where the Department recovers too much money from an employer under these Regulations it shall pay to the employee an amount equal to the excess..

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