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The Social Security (Work-focused Interviews for Partners) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003

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Taking part in an interview

9.—(1) The officer shall determine whether a partner has taken part in an interview.

(2) A partner shall be regarded as having taken part in an interview if, and only if –

(a)he attends for the interview at the place and time notified to him by the officer, and

(b)he provides answers (where asked) to questions and appropriate information about –

(i)the level to which he has pursued any educational qualifications;

(ii)his employment history;

(iii)any vocational training he has undertaken;

(iv)any skills he has acquired which fit him for employment;

(v)any paid or unpaid employment he is engaged in;

(vi)any medical condition which, in his opinion, puts him at a disadvantage in obtaining employment, and

(vii)any caring or childcare responsibilities he has.

(3) Where an officer determines that a partner has failed to take part in an interview and good cause has not been shown either by the partner or by the claimant for that failure within 5 working days of the day on which the interview was to take place, a relevant decision shall be made for the purposes of section 2B(1) of the Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 (work-focused interviews) and the partner and the claimant shall be notified accordingly.

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Section 2B was inserted by Article 54 of the Welfare Reform and Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 and amended by section 8(1) of, and paragraphs 5 and 6 of Schedule 1 to, the Social Security Act (Northern Ireland) 2002 (c. 10)

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