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(1)In this Part—
“claimant” means a person who has claimed an employment and support allowance;
“contributory allowance” has the meaning given by section 1(7);
“employment” and “employed” have the meanings prescribed for the purposes of this Part;
“entitled”, in relation to an employment and support allowance, is to be construed in accordance with—
the provisions of this Act,
section 1 of the Administration Act (entitlement dependent on making of claim), and
section 27 of the Social Security Act 1998 (c. 14) (restrictions on entitlement in certain cases of error);
“” has the meaning given by section 1(7);
“income support” means income support under section 124 of the Contributions and Benefits Act;
“limited capability for work” shall be construed in accordance with section 1(4);
“” shall be construed in accordance with section 2(5);
“period of limited capability for work” has the meaning prescribed for the purposes of this Part;
“prescribed” means specified in, or determined in accordance with, regulations;
“regulations” means regulations made by the Secretary of State;
“week” means a period of 7 days beginning with a Sunday or such other period of 7 days as may be prescribed;
“” has the meaning given by section 13(7).
(2)For the purposes of this Part, the assessment phase, in relation to a claimant, is the period—
(a)beginning, subject to subsection (3), with the first day of the period for which he is entitled to an employment and support allowance, and
(b)ending with such day as may be prescribed.
(3)Regulations may prescribe circumstances in which the assessment phase is to begin with such day as may be prescribed.
(4)For the purposes of this Part, a person is a member of the support group if he is a person in respect of whom it is determined that he has, or is to be treated as having, limited capability for work-related activity.
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