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The Employment and Support Allowance Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016

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85.—(1) The number of days prescribed for the purposes of paragraph 2 of Schedule 2 to the Act (days during which a person is not entitled to an employment and support allowance at the beginning of a period of limited capability for work) is 7.

(2) Paragraph 2 of Schedule 2 to the Act does not apply where—

(a)the claimant’s entitlement to an employment and support allowance commences within 12 weeks of the claimant’s entitlement to income support, incapacity benefit, severe disablement allowance, state pension credit, a jobseeker’s allowance, a carer’s allowance, statutory sick pay or a maternity allowance coming to an end;

(b)the claimant is terminally ill and has—

(i)made a claim expressly on the ground of being terminally ill, or

(ii)made an application for supersession or revision in accordance with the Decisions and Appeals Regulations 1999 or the Decisions and Appeals Regulations 2016 which contains an express statement that the claimant is terminally ill;

(c)the claimant has been discharged from being a member of Her Majesty’s forces and 3 or more days immediately before that discharge were days of sickness absence from duty, which are recorded by the Secretary of State; or

(d)the claimant is entitled to an employment and support allowance by virtue of section 1B of the Act (further entitlement after time-limiting).

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