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The Employment and Support Allowance Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016

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41.—(1) In this Part—

“responsible carer”, in relation to a child, means—

(a)

a person who is the only person responsible for the child; or

(b)

a person who is a member of a couple where—

(i)

both members of the couple are responsible for the child, and

(ii)

the person has been nominated by the couple jointly as responsible for the child;

“responsible foster parent”, in relation to a child, means—

(a)

a person who is the only foster parent in relation to the child; or

(b)

a person who is a member of a couple where—

(i)

both members of the couple are foster parents in relation to the child, and

(ii)

the person has been nominated by the couple jointly as the responsible foster parent.

(2) The nomination of a responsible carer or responsible foster parent for the purposes of paragraph (1) may be changed—

(a)once in a 12 month period, beginning with the date of the previous nomination; or

(b)on any occasion where the Department considers that there has been a change of circumstances which is relevant to the nomination.

(3) Only one person may be nominated as a responsible carer or a responsible foster parent.

(4) The nomination applies to all of the children for whom the claimant is responsible.

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