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The Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016

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18.  For the purposes of this Part—

“ESA sanctionable failure” means a failure by a claimant which is sanctionable under section 11J of the Welfare Reform Act (Northern Ireland) 2007(1);

“higher-level sanction” means reduction of a jobseeker’s allowance in accordance with Article 8J of the Order;

“low-level sanction” means a reduction of a jobseeker’s allowance in accordance with Article 8K of the Order for a sanctionable failure by the claimant to comply with—

(a)

a work-focused interview requirement under Article 8B(1) of the Order;

(b)

a work preparation requirement under Article 8C(1) of the Order;

(c)

a work search requirement under Article 8D(1)(b) of the Order (requirement to take action specified by the Department to obtain work); or

(d)

a requirement under Article 8G of the Order (connected requirements);

“medium-level sanction” means a reduction of a jobseeker’s allowance in accordance with Article 8K of the Order for a sanctionable failure by the claimant to comply with—

(a)

a work search requirement under Article 8D(1)(a) of the Order (requirement to take all reasonable action to obtain paid work); or

(b)

a work availability requirement under Article 8E(1) of the Order (requirement to be available for work);

“pre-claim failure” means a sanctionable failure listed in Article 8J(3) of the Order;

“reduction period” means the number of days for which a reduction in the amount of an award of a jobseeker’s allowance is to have effect;

“sanctionable failure” means a failure by a claimant which is sanctionable under Article 8J or 8K of the Order;

“total outstanding reduction period” means the total number of days for which no reduction has yet been applied for all of the claimant’s higher-level sanctions, medium-level sanctions, low-level sanctions and reductions to which regulation 30 applies;

“UC sanctionable failure” means a failure by a claimant which is sanctionable under Article 31 or 32 of the Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015.

(1)

2007 C. 2 (N.I.); section 11J was inserted by Article 63(2) of the Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015 (S.I. 2015/2006 (N.I.1))

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