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The Firefighters’ Compensation Scheme (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2008.

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4.  In Part 4 (awards on death: children), in rule 3 (child’s special allowance or gratuity: limitations), for paragraphs (2) to (7), substitute—

(2) Subject to paragraphs (3) and (4), no allowance shall be paid to a person if—

(a)he is 18 or older;

(b)he has ceased full-time education and is in paid employment; or

(c)he is married or has entered into a civil partnership.

(3) A child who is aged 18 but not more than 23 is entitled to an allowance if he is in full time education or attending a course of a least one year’s duration.

(4) A child who is aged 18 or more is entitled to an allowance if, when the scheme member dies, he is dependant on him by reason of permanent disablement.

(5) A child’s allowance ceases to be payable—

(a)unless paragraph (3) or (4) applies, on his 18th birthday or the occurrence of an event referred to in paragraph (b) or (c), whichever first occurs;

(b)where paragraph (3) applies, on his 23rd birthday or that on which his full-time education or course ceases, whichever first occurs;

(c)where paragraph (4) applies, when the Board is satisfied—

(i)that the child is no longer permanently disabled; or

(ii)that the child’s pension should not have been awarded.

(6) Unless paragraph (5)(c) applies, an allowance payable in the circumstances mentioned in paragraph (4) is payable for life..

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