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The Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015 (Commencement No. 1) Order 2016

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Provisions coming into force on 17th February 2016

3.—(1) The following provisions of the Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015 come into force on 17th February 2016.

(2) In Part 3 (working age benefits)—

(a)in Chapter 1 (jobseeker’s allowance), Article 53 (procedure for regulation-making powers);

(b)in Chapter 2 (employment and support allowance)—

(i)Article 56 (dual entitlement);

(ii)Article 59 (condition relating to youth).

(3) In Part 4 (other benefit changes), Articles 77 to 79 (social fund).

(4) In Part 6 (social security: general)—

(a)Articles 101 and 102 (benefit cap);

(b)Article 111 (recovery of benefits: application of the Limitation (Northern Ireland) Order 1989);

(c)Article 112 (powers to require information relating to investigations);

(d)Article 113 (time limits for legal proceedings);

(e)Article 120 (information-sharing in relating to provision of overnight care, etc.);

(f)Article 121 (information-sharing in relation to welfare services etc.);

(g)Article 122 (unlawful disclosure of information);

(h)Article 123 (Articles 120 to 122: supplementary);

(i)Article 124 (information-sharing for social security or employment purposes etc.);

(j)Article 125 (reports by Department).

(5) In Part 7 (miscellaneous)—

(a)in Article 127 (collection of child support maintenance), paragraphs (1) and (2)(a);

(b)Articles 129 to 131 (child support maintenance);

(c)Article 132 (use of jobcentres by sex industry);

(d)Article 133 (reduced fee for dog licences);

(e)Article 135 (discretionary support);

(f)Article 136 (discretionary support Commissioner);

(g)Article 137 (payments to persons suffering financial disadvantage);

(h)Articles 138 and 139 (duties of the Department).

(6) In Part 8 (repeals)—

(a)Article 140 (repeals);

(b)Part 2 of Schedule 12 (entitlement to jobseeker’s allowance);

(c)Part 12 of Schedule 12 (information-sharing).

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