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The Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016

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Persons treated as not engaged in remunerative work

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43.—(1) A person is to be treated as not engaged in remunerative work in so far as they are—

(a)engaged by a charity(1) or a voluntary organisation or are a volunteer where the only payment received by them or due to be paid to them is a payment in respect of any expenses incurred, or to be incurred, if they otherwise derive no remuneration or profit from the employment;

(b)engaged on a scheme for which a training allowance is being paid;

(c)engaged in employment as—

(i)a part-time fire and rescue officer employed by the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service Board under the Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006(2);

(ii)an auxiliary coastguard in respect of coastal rescue activities;

(iii)a person engaged part-time in the manning or launching of a lifeboat;

(iv)a member of any reserve force prescribed in Part 1 of Schedule 6 to the Social Security (Contributions) Regulations 2001;

(v)a member of the Police Service for Northern Ireland Reserve provided for under section 1 of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000(3);

(d)performing their duties as a councillor, and for this purpose “councillor” has the same meaning as in section 167F(2) of the Benefits Act(4);

(e)engaged in caring for a person who is accommodated with them by virtue of arrangements made under any of the provisions referred to in regulation 60(2)(b) or (c), and are in receipt of any payment specified in regulation 60(2)(b) or (c);

(f)engaged in an activity in respect of which—

(i)a sports award had been made, or is to be made, to them; and

(ii)no other payment is made or is expected to be made to them;

(g)engaged in the programme known as Work Experience.

(2) In this regulation, “volunteer” means a person who is engaged in voluntary work, otherwise than for a close relative, grand-parent, grand-child, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece, where the only payment received, or due to be paid to the person by virtue of being so engaged, is in respect of any expenses reasonably incurred by the person in connection with that work.

(1)

See section 1 of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 (c. 12 (N.I.))

(4)

Section 167F was inserted by Article 8(1) of the Social Security (Incapacity for Work) (Northern Ireland) Order 1994 (S.I. 1994/1898 (N.I. 12))

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