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Schedule 2Contribution Conditions

Unemployment benefit and sickness benefit

1The contribution conditions for unemployment benefit or for sickness benefit are that—

(a)not less than twenty-six contributions of the appropriate class have been paid by the claimant in respect of the period between his entry into insurance and the day for which the benefit is claimed; and

(b)not less than fifty contributions of the appropriate class or their equivalent have been paid by or credited to him in respect of the last complete contribution year before the beginning of the benefit year which includes the day for which the benefit is claimed.

Maternity grant

2(1)The contribution conditions for a maternity grant are—

(a)that not less than twenty-six contributions of the appropriate class have been paid by the relevant person in respect of the period beginning with that person's entry into insurance and ending immediately before the relevant time; and

(b)that not less than twenty-six such contributions have been paid by or credited to that person in respect of the last complete contribution year before the beginning of the benefit year comprising the relevant time.

(2)In this paragraph—

(a)the expression " relevant person " means the person by whom the conditions are to be satisfied;

(b)the expression " relevant time " means the date of the confinement, or, where the relevant person is the husband and he was dead or over pensionable age on that date, the date of his attaining pensionable age or dying under that age;

(c)references to a contribution year and to a benefit year are references to periods which are respectively a contribution year and a benefit year in relation to the relevant person.

Maternity allowance

3(1)The contribution conditions for a maternity allowance are that—

(a)not less than fifty contributions of the appropriate class or their equivalent have been paid by or credited to the claimant in respect of the fifty-two weeks immediately preceding the thirteenth week before the expected week of confinement (as defined for the purposes of section 24 of this Act); and

(b)of those contributions not less than twenty-six are contributions of the appropriate class actually, paid.

(2)For the purposes of this paragraph a woman shall not be credited with contributions by virtue of regulations made under section 102 of this Act.

Widow's benefit, retirement pension and child's special allowance

4(1)The contribution conditions for widow's benefit, a retirement pension or a child's special allowance are that—

(a)not less than one hundred and fifty-six contributions of the appropriate class have been paid by the relevant person in respect of the period between that person's entry into insurance and the relevant time; and

(b)the yearly average of the contributions paid by or credited to that person (ascertained as at the relevant time) is not less than fifty.

(2)In this paragraph—

(a)the expression " relevant person " means the person by whom the conditions are to be satisfied;

(b)the expression " relevant time " means the date of the relevant person attaining pensionable age or dying under that age.

Death grant

5(1)The contribution conditions for death grant are that—

(a)not less than twenty-six contributions of the appropriate class have been paid by or credited to the relevant person in respect of the period between 5th July 1948 and the relevant time; and

(b)either—

(i)not less than forty-five such contributions have been paid by or credited to that person in respect of the last complete contribution year before the relevant time; or

(ii)the yearly average of the contributions paid by or credited to that person (ascertained as at the relevant time) is not less than forty-five.

(2)No regulations under Part VI of this Act shall provide for taking into account for the purposes of death grant any contributions paid or treated as paid under the enactments repealed by the Act of 1946.

(3)In this paragraph—

(a)the expression " relevant person " means the person by whom the conditions are to be satisfied;

(b)the expression " relevant time " means the date of the deceased's death or, where immediately before that date the relevant person was dead or over pensionable age, the date of that person attaining pensionable age or dying under that age.