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The Social Security (Credits, and Crediting and Treatment of Contributions) (Consequential and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016

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Amendment of the Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations

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6.—(1) The Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016(1) are amended in accordance with paragraph (2).

(2) In regulation 17 (contributions cases) after paragraph (2) add—

(3) A decision in relation to a claim for a jobseeker’s allowance or an employment and support allowance may be revised at any time where—

(a)on or after the date of the decision, a contribution is treated as paid as set out in regulation 7A of the Crediting Regulations (treatment of Class 2 contributions paid by the due date); and

(b)by virtue of the contribution being so treated, the person satisfies the contribution conditions of entitlement specified in paragraph (6) in relation to that benefit.

(4) A decision to award a jobseeker’s allowance or an employment and support allowance may be revised at any time where, on or after the date of the decision—

(a)any of the circumstances in paragraph (5) occur; and

(b)by virtue of the circumstance occurring, the person ceases to satisfy the contribution conditions of entitlement specified in paragraph (6) in relation to that benefit.

(5) The circumstances are—

(a)a Class 2 contribution is repaid to a person in consequence of an amendment or correction of the person’s relevant profits under section 9ZA or 9ZB of the Taxes Management Act 1970 (amendment or correction of return by taxpayer or officer of the Board);

(b)a Class 2 contribution is returned to a person under regulation 52 of the Social Security (Contributions) Regulations 2001(2) (contributions paid in error); or

(c)a Class 1 or a Class 2 contribution paid by a person to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs under section 223 of the Finance Act 2014 (accelerated payment in respect of notice given while tax enquiry is in progress) is repaid to the person.

(6) The contribution conditions of entitlement are—

(a)in relation to a jobseeker’s allowance, the conditions set out in Article 4(1)(a) of the Jobseekers Order (the contribution-based conditions); or

(b)in relation to an employment and support allowance, the first and second conditions set out in paragraphs 1(1) and 2(1) of Schedule 1 to the 2007 Act (conditions relating to national insurance).

(7) In this regulation “relevant profits” has the meaning given in section 11(3) of the Contributions and Benefits Act..

(2)

S.I. 2001/1004; regulation 52 was substituted by regulation 12 of S.I. 2004/770

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