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The Social Security (Incapacity Benefit Work-focused Interviews) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008

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The work-focused interview

5.—(1) The designated authority must notify, in writing or otherwise, a relevant claimant who is required to take part in a work-focused interview of the date, time and place of that interview.

(2) A work-focused interview may take place at a relevant claimant’s home if the designated authority determines that requiring the relevant claimant to attend elsewhere would cause undue inconvenience to, or endanger the health of, the relevant claimant.

(3) A relevant claimant is regarded as having taken part in a work-focused interview if the claimant—

(a)attends for the work-focused interview at the place and on the date and time notified under paragraph (1);

(b)provides information, if requested by the designated authority, about any or all of the matters set out in paragraph (4);

(c)participates in discussion to the extent that the designated authority considers necessary, about any or all of the matters set out in paragraph (5);

(d)assists the designated authority in the completion of an action plan in accordance with regulation 6.

(4) The matters referred to in paragraph (3)(b) are—

(a)the relevant claimant’s educational qualifications and vocational training;

(b)the relevant claimant’s work history;

(c)the relevant claimant’s aspirations for future work;

(d)the relevant claimant’s skills that are relevant to work;

(e)the relevant claimant’s work-related abilities;

(f)the relevant claimant’s caring or childcare responsibilities;

(g)any paid or unpaid work that the relevant claimant is undertaking.

(5) The matters referred to in paragraph (3)(c) are—

(a)any activity the relevant claimant is willing to undertake which may make obtaining or remaining in work more likely;

(b)any such activity that the relevant claimant may have previously undertaken;

(c)any progress the relevant claimant may have made towards remaining in or obtaining work;

(d)the relevant claimant’s opinion as to the extent to which the ability to remain in or obtain work is restricted by the relevant claimant’s physical or mental condition.

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