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The Social Security (Payments on Account of Benefit) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016

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Conditions for payment of budgeting advances

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12.—(1) The Department may make a budgeting advance to B for the purpose of defraying an intermittent expense of B if—

(a)B makes an application to the Department for a budgeting advance;

(b)B, or in a case where B is a member of a couple, B or B’s partner, is in receipt of universal credit;

(c)except where paragraph (2) applies, B or, in a case where B is a member of a couple, B or B’s partner, has been in receipt of benefit for a continuous period of at least 6 months on the date of the application for a budgeting advance;

(d)the earnings condition in regulation 13 is satisfied; and

(e)the recovery condition in regulation 14 is satisfied.

(2) This paragraph applies where the intermittent expense to be defrayed is necessarily related to B or, in a case where B is a member of a couple, B’s partner, obtaining or retaining employment.

(3) For the purposes of paragraph (1)(c) “benefit” means—

(a)universal credit;

(b)employment and support allowance;

(c)income support;

(d)jobseeker’s allowance; or

(e)state pension credit.

(4) For the purposes of paragraph (3)—

“employment and support allowance” means an income-related allowance under Part 1 of the 2007 Act as it has effect apart from the amendments made by Schedule 3 and Part 1 of Schedule 12 to the 2015 Order (to remove references to an income-related allowance);

“jobseeker’s allowance” means an income-based jobseeker’s allowance under the Jobseekers Order as it has effect apart from the amendments made by Part 1 of Schedule 12 to the 2015 Order (to remove references to an income-based allowance).

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