The Employment and Support Allowance Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008

Circumstances where the condition that the assessment phase has ended before entitlement to the support component or the work-related activity component arises does not apply

7.  (1)  Subject to paragraph (2), sections 2(2)(a) and (3)(a) and 4(4)(a) and (5)(a) of the Act do not apply where—

(a)a claimant is terminally ill and has either—

(i)made a claim expressly on the ground of being terminally ill, or

(ii)made an application for supersession or revision in accordance with the Decisions and Appeals Regulations which contains an express statement that the claimant is terminally ill; or

(b)(i)a period of limited capability for work is to be treated as a continuation of an earlier period of limited capability for work under regulation 145(1) or (2),

(ii)the claimant was entitled to an employment and support allowance in the earlier period of limited capability for work, and

(iii)the assessment phase had ended in the previous period for which the claimant was entitled to an employment and support allowance.

(2) Paragraph (1)(b) does not apply where the claimant is appealing a decision which embodies a determination that the claimant does not have limited capability for work.