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The Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016

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Remunerative work

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41.—(1) For the purposes of the Order, “remunerative work” means work—

(a)for which payment is made or which is done in expectation of payment; and

(b)in which a claimant is—

(i)engaged for 16 or more hours per week; or

(ii)where their hours of work fluctuate, engaged on average for 16 or more hours per week.

(2) For the purpose of paragraph (1), the number of hours in which a claimant is engaged in work is to be determined—

(a)where no recognisable cycle has been established in respect of a person’s work, by reference to the number of hours or, where those hours are likely to fluctuate, the average of the hours, which they are expected to work in a week;

(b)where the number of hours for which they are engaged fluctuate, by reference to the average of hours worked over—

(i)if there is a recognisable cycle of work, the period of one complete cycle (including, where the cycle involves periods in which the person does not work, those periods but disregarding any other absences);

(ii)in any other case, the period of 5 weeks immediately before the date of claim or the date of supersession, or such other length of time as may, in the particular case, enable the person’s average hours of work to be determined more accurately.

(3) In determining in accordance with this regulation the number of hours for which a person is engaged in remunerative work—

(a)that number must include any time allowed to that person by their employer for a meal or for refreshments, but only where the person is, or expects to be, paid earnings in respect of that time;

(b)no account must be taken of any hours in which the person is engaged in an employment or scheme to which any one of sub-paragraphs (a) to (e) of regulation 43(1) (persons treated as not engaged in remunerative work) applies;

(c)no account must be taken of any hours in which the person is engaged otherwise than in an employment as an earner in caring for—

(i)a person who is in receipt of attendance allowance, the care component, the daily living component or armed forces independence payment;

(ii)a person who has claimed an attendance allowance, armed forces independence payment, a disability living allowance or personal independence payment, but only for the period beginning with the date of claim and ending on the date on which the claim is determined or, if earlier, on the expiration of the period of 26 weeks from the date of claim;

(iii)another person and is in receipt of a carer’s allowance under section 70 of the Benefits Act; or

(iv)a person who has claimed either an attendance allowance, armed forces independence payment, a disability living allowance or a personal independence payment and has an award of attendance allowance, armed forces independence payment, the care component or the daily living component for a period commencing after the date on which that claim was made.

(4) In this regulation—

“armed forces independence payment” means armed forces independence payment under the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation Scheme) Order 2011(1);

“disability living allowance” means a disability living allowance under section 71 of the Benefits Act(2);

“care component” means the care component of disability living allowance at the highest or middle rate prescribed under section 72(3) of the Benefits Act;

“daily living component” means the daily living component of personal independence payment at the standard or enhanced rate referred to in Article 83 of the Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015;

“personal independence payment” means an allowance under Part 5 of the Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015.

(2)

Section 71 was amended by Article 64(1) of the Welfare Reform and Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 (S.I. 1999/3147 (N.I. 11))

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