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The Jobseeker’s Allowance (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004

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1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Jobseeker’s Allowance (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004 and shall come into operation –

(a)subject to sub-paragraph (b) on 19th April 2004;

(b)on 18th October 2004 for persons who on 19th April 2004 are entitled to a jobseeker’s allowance or have any earnings credited to them in accordance with regulation 8A of the Social Security (Credits) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1975(1).

Amendment of the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations

2.—(1) The Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996(2) shall be amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) and (3).

(2) In regulation 18 (steps to be taken by persons actively seeking employment) for paragraph (1) there shall be substituted the following paragraph –

(1) For the purposes of Article 9(1) (actively seeking employment) a person shall be expected to have to take more than two steps in any week unless taking one or two steps is all that is reasonable for that person to do in that week..

(3) In regulation 72(6)(3) (good cause for the purposes of Article 21(5)(a) and (6)(c) and (d) and Article 22A(2)(a), (f) and (g) of the Order), for sub-paragraph (b) there shall be substituted the following sub-paragraph –

(b)the time it took, or would normally take, for the person to travel from his home to the place of the employment, or a place mentioned in the jobseeker’s direction, and back to his home where that time was or is normally less than –

(i)during the first 13 weeks of entitlement to a jobseeker’s allowance, one hour either way, and

(ii)in all other cases, one hour and thirty minutes either way,

by a route and means appropriate to his circumstances and to the employment, or to the carrying out of the jobseeker’s direction, unless, in view of the health of the person or any caring responsibilities of his, that time was or is unreasonable..

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department for Social Development on 2nd April 2004.

L.S.

John O'Neill

Senior Officer of the

Department for Social Development

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