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Section 22

SCHEDULE 2E+W+S+N.I.Employment and support allowance: supplementary provisions

This schedulenoteType=Explanatory Notes has no associated

Limited capability for workE+W+S

1Regulations may make provision—E+W+S

(a)for a person to be treated in prescribed circumstances as having, or as not having, limited capability for work;

(b)for the question of whether a person has limited capability for work to be determined notwithstanding that he is for the time being treated by virtue of regulations under sub-paragraph (a) as having limited capability for work;

(c)for the question of whether a person has limited capability for work to be determined afresh in prescribed circumstances.

Waiting daysE+W+S

2Except in prescribed circumstances, a person is not entitled to an employment and support allowance in respect of a prescribed number of days at the beginning of a period of limited capability for work.E+W+S

Periods of less than a weekE+W+S

3Regulations may make provision in relation to—E+W+S

(a)entitlement to an employment and support allowance, or

(b)the amount payable by way of such an allowance,

in respect of any period of less than a week.

Linking periodsE+W+S

4(1)Regulations may provide for circumstances in which a period of limited capability for work which is separated from another period of limited capability for work by not more than a prescribed length of time is to be treated for the purposes of this Part as a continuation of the earlier period.E+W+S

(2)Regulations may provide, in relation to periods which are linked by virtue of regulations under sub-paragraph (1), that a condition which was satisfied in relation to the earlier period is to be treated for the purposes of this Part as satisfied in relation to the later period.

Presence in Great BritainE+W+S

5Regulations may make provision for the purposes of this Part as to the circumstances in which a person is to be treated as being, or not being, in Great Britain.E+W+S

Contributory allowance: entitlement in case of absence from Great BritainE+W+S

6Regulations may provide that in prescribed circumstances a claimant who is not in Great Britain may nevertheless be entitled to a contributory allowance.E+W+S

Contributory allowance: modification in relation to employment on ships etc.E+W+S

7(1)Regulations may modify any provision of this Part, so far as relating to a contributory allowance, in its application to any person who is, has been, or is to be—E+W+S

(a)employed on board any ship, vessel, hovercraft or aircraft,

(b)outside Great Britain at any prescribed time or in any prescribed circumstances, or

(c)in prescribed employment in connection with continental shelf operations.

(2)Regulations under this paragraph may, in particular, provide—

(a)for any provision of this Part to apply even though it would not otherwise apply;

(b)for any such provision not to apply even though it would otherwise apply;

(c)for the taking of evidence, in a country or territory outside Great Britain, by a consular official or other prescribed person;

(d)for enabling the whole, or any part, of a contributory allowance to be paid to such of the claimant's dependants as may be prescribed.

(3)In this paragraph, “continental shelf operations” has the same meaning as in section 120 of the Contributions and Benefits Act.

Income-related allowance: entitlement in case of absence from Great BritainE+W+S

8(1)Regulations may provide that in prescribed circumstances a claimant who is entitled to an income-related allowance immediately before ceasing to be in Great Britain continues to be entitled to such an allowance after ceasing to be in Great Britain.E+W+S

(2)Regulations may modify any provision of this Part, so far as relating to an income-related allowance, in its application to a person who is entitled to such an allowance by virtue of regulations under sub-paragraph (1).

(3)Regulations under sub-paragraph (2) may, in particular, provide—

(a)for any provision of this Part to apply even though it would not otherwise apply;

(b)for any such provision not to apply even though it would otherwise apply.

Limited capability for work-related activityE+W+S

9Regulations may make provision—E+W+S

(a)for a person to be treated in prescribed circumstances as having, or as not having, limited capability for work-related activity;

(b)for the question of whether a person has limited capability for work-related activity to be determined notwithstanding that he is for the time being treated by virtue of regulations under sub-paragraph (a) as having limited capability for work-related activity;

(c)for the question of whether a person has limited capability for work-related activity to be determined afresh in prescribed circumstances.

Effect of workE+W+S

10Regulations may prescribe circumstances in which a person is to be treated as not entitled to an employment and support allowance because of his doing work.E+W+S

Treatment of allowance as “benefit”E+W+S

11Regulations may provide for—E+W+S

(a)an employment and support allowance,

(b)a contributory allowance, or

(c)an income-related allowance,

to be treated, for prescribed purposes of the Contributions and Benefits Act, as a benefit, or a benefit of a prescribed description.

Attribution of reductions in cases where allowance taken to consist of two elementsE+W+S

12Where an employment and support allowance is taken by virtue of section 6(5) to consist of two elements, any reduction in the amount payable in respect of the allowance which falls to be made by virtue of—E+W+S

(a)section 11,

(b)section 12,

(c)section 13, or

(d)section 2AA of the Administration Act (full entitlement to certain benefits conditional on work-focused interview for partner),

shall be treated as reducing such of those elements by such amount as may be prescribed.

Treatment of information supplied as information relating to social securityE+W+S

13Information supplied in pursuance of regulations under any of sections 8, 9 and 11 to 13 shall be taken for all purposes to be information relating to social security.E+W+S

Advance claimsE+W+S

14This Part shall have effect with prescribed modifications in relation to cases where a claim to an employment and support allowance is by virtue of regulations under section 5(1)(c) of the Administration Act (advance claims) made, or treated as if made, for a period wholly or partly after the date on which it is made.E+W+S

Members of the forcesE+W+S+N.I.

15(1)Regulations may modify—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)any provision of this Part, or

(b)any corresponding provision made for Northern Ireland,

in its application to persons who are or have been members of Her Majesty's forces.

(2)For the purposes of this paragraph, Her Majesty's forces shall be taken to consist of prescribed establishments and organisations in which persons serve under the control of the Defence Council.

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