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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Part 1 Social security

    1. “Work for your benefit” schemes etc.

      1. 1.Schemes for assisting persons to obtain employment: “work for your benefit” schemes etc.

    2. Revised system of working-age benefits

      1. 2.Work-related activity: income support claimants and partners of claimants

      2. 3.Lone parents

      3. 4.Entitlement to jobseeker's allowance without seeking employment etc.

      4. 5.Couples where at least one member capable of work

      5. 6.Statutory sick pay and employment and support allowance

      6. 7.Transitional provision relating to sections 4 to 6

      7. 8.Parliamentary procedure: regulations imposing work-related activity requirements on lone parents of children under 7

    3. Abolition of income support

      1. 9.Abolition of income support

    4. Work-related activity for claimants of employment and support allowance

      1. 10.Power to direct claimant to undertake specific work-related activity

    5. Jobseeker's allowance and employment and support allowance: drugs

      1. 11.Claimants dependent on drugs etc.

    6. Contributory jobseeker's allowance and employment and support allowance

      1. 12.Conditions for contributory jobseeker's allowance

      2. 13.Conditions for contributory employment and support allowance

    7. Disability living allowance

      1. 14.Mobility component

    8. Abolition of adult dependency increases

      1. 15.Maternity allowance and carer's allowance

    9. External provider social loans and community care grants

      1. 16.External provider social loans

      2. 17.Power to restrict availability of social fund loans

      3. 18.Supply of information to or by lenders making external provider social loans

      4. 19.Community care grants relating to specified goods or services

      5. 20.Community care grants: reviews and information

      6. 21.Regulations relating to information: parliamentary control

    10. Payments on account

      1. 22.Payments on account

    11. Up-rating of benefits

      1. 23.Power to up-rate benefits following review in tax year 2009-10

    12. Benefit sanctions for offenders

      1. 24.Loss of benefit provisions

      2. 25.Jobseeker's allowance: sanctions for violent conduct etc. in connection with claim

      3. 26.Repeal of sections 62 to 66 of the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act 2000

    13. Pilot schemes

      1. 27.State pension credit: pilot schemes

      2. 28.Period for which pilot schemes have effect etc.

    14. Miscellaneous

      1. 29.Exemption from jobseeking conditions for victims of domestic violence

      2. 30.Good cause for failure to comply with regulations etc.

      3. 31.Jobseekers' agreements and action plans: well-being of children

      4. 32.Contracting out functions under Jobseekers Act 1995

      5. 33.Attendance in connection with jobseeker's allowance: sanctions

      6. 34.Social security information and employment or training information

      7. 35.Persons under pensionable age to take part in work-focused interviews etc.

      8. 36.Power to rename council tax benefit

      9. 37.Minor amendments

  3. Part 2 Disabled people: right to control provision of services

    1. Introductory

      1. 38.Purpose of Part 2

      2. 39.Relevant services

      3. 40.Relevant authority

    2. Power to make regulations

      1. 41.Power to make provision enabling exercise of greater choice and control

      2. 42.Provision that may be made about direct payments

      3. 43.Exercise of rights on behalf of persons who lack capacity

      4. 44.Pilot schemes

    3. Supplementary

      1. 45.The appropriate authority by which regulations under section 41 are made

      2. 46.Regulations under section 41: supplementary provisions

      3. 47.Consultation

      4. 48.Power to repeal exclusion of community care services

      5. 49.Regulations and orders: control by Parliament or other legislature

      6. 50.Interpretation of Part 2

  4. Part 3 Child maintenance

    1. 51.Disqualification for holding etc. driving licence or travel authorisation

    2. 52.Report on operation of driving licence amendments

    3. 53.Report on operation of travel authorisation amendments

    4. 54.Payments of child support maintenance

    5. 55.Child support maintenance: offences relating to information

  5. Part 4 Birth registration

    1. 56.Registration of births

  6. Part 5 General

    1. 57.Consequential amendments of subordinate legislation

    2. 58.Repeals and revocations

    3. 59.Financial provisions

    4. 60.Extent

    5. 61.Commencement

    6. 62.Short title

  7. Schedules

    1. Schedule 1

      Amendments connected to section 4

      1. Part 1 Amendments of Jobseekers Act 1995

        1. Introduction

          1. 1.The Jobseekers Act 1995 (c. 18) is amended as follows....

        2. Work-focused interviews etc.

          1. 2.In section 8(1) (attendance, information and evidence), after “other than...

          2. 3.After section 11 insert— Work-focused interviews etc. Persons not required...

        3. Directions given by officers of the Secretary of State etc.

          1. 4.After section 18 insert— Claimants to comply with directions etc....

          2. 5.Before section 19 (but after the italic heading immediately before...

          3. 6.For sections 19 and 20 substitute— Certain circumstances in which...

          4. 7.For sections 20A and 20B substitute— Certain circumstances in which...

        4. Other amendments

          1. 8.In section 1(4) (the jobseeker's allowance), for the definition of...

          2. 9.In section 2(1) (the contribution-based conditions), for “section 1(2)(d)” substitute...

          3. 10.(1) Section 3 (the income-based conditions) is amended as follows....

          4. 11.In section 3A(1) (the conditions for claims by joint-claim couples),...

          5. 12.In section 4(11A) (amount payable by way of a jobseeker's...

          6. 13.In section 9 (the jobseeker's agreement)— (a) in subsection (2),...

          7. 14.In section 10 (variation of jobseeker's agreement)—

          8. 15.(1) Section 14 (trade disputes) is amended as follows.

          9. 16.(1) Section 15 (effect on other claimants) is amended as...

          10. 17.(1) Section 15A (trade disputes: joint-claim couples) is amended as...

          11. 18.After section 15A insert— Other provision relating to a person's...

          12. 19.In— (a) section 17A(8) (schemes for assisting persons to obtain...

          13. 20.In section 22(2) (members of the forces), for “section 19(6)(b)”...

          14. 21.In section 35(1) (interpretation) — (a) after the definition of...

          15. 22.In section 36(4A)(b) (regulations and orders), which is inserted by...

          16. 23.(1) Schedule 1 (supplementary provisions) is amended as follows.

      2. Part 2 Amendments of other Acts

        1. Social Security Administration Act 1992 (c. 5)

          1. 24.In section 2A of the Social Security Administration Act 1992...

        2. Social Security Act 1998 (c. 14)

          1. 25.In paragraph 3(d) of Schedule 3 to the Social Security...

        3. Welfare Reform Act 2007 (c. 5)

          1. 26.In section 1(6) of the Welfare Reform Act 2007 (employment...

    2. Schedule 2

      Abolition of income support: consequential amendments

      1. Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 (c. 43)

        1. 1.In sections 89(2A) and 90(3A) of the Magistrates' Courts Act...

      2. Criminal Justice Act 1991 (c. 53)

        1. 2.In section 24 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 (recovery...

      3. Social Security Administration Act 1992 (c. 5)

        1. 3.In section 74 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992...

      4. Local Government Finance Act 1992 (c. 14)

        1. 4.In paragraph 12(1) of Schedule 4 to the Local Government...

      5. Jobseekers Act 1995 (c. 18)

        1. 5.The Jobseekers Act 1995 is amended as follows.

        2. 6.In section 2(1) (the contribution-based conditions), at the end of...

        3. 7.In section 3A(1)(c) (the conditions for claims by joint-claim couples),...

      6. Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (c. 33)

        1. 8.In section 97(5) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999...

      7. Social Security Fraud Act 2001 (c. 11)

        1. 9.The Social Security Fraud Act 2001 is amended as follows....

        2. 10.In section 6B(5) (loss of benefit in case of conviction,...

        3. 11.In section 7(2) (loss of benefit for commission of benefit...

      8. Courts Act 2003 (c. 39)

        1. 12.The Courts Act 2003 is amended as follows.

        2. 13.In paragraph 10(a) of Schedule 5 (applications for benefit deductions),...

        3. 14.In paragraph 2(1)(a)(v) of Schedule 6 (discharge of fines by...

      9. Child Trust Funds Act 2004 (c. 6)

        1. 15.In section 9(8)(a) of the Child Trust Funds Act 2004...

      10. Age-Related Payments Act 2004 (c. 10)

        1. 16.In section 2(3)(b) of the Age-Related Payments Act 2004 (entitlement:...

      11. Welfare Reform Act 2007 (c. 5)

        1. 17.In paragraph 11 of Schedule 4 to the Welfare Reform...

    3. Schedule 3

      Claimants dependent on drugs etc.

      1. Part 1 Jobseeker's allowance

        1. Requirements imposed on claimants dependent on drugs etc.

          1. 1.After section 17B of the Jobseekers Act 1995 (c. 18)...

          2. 2.Before Schedule 1 to the Jobseekers Act 1995 insert— Schedule...

        2. Consequential amendments

          1. 3.(1) The Jobseekers Act 1995 (c. 18) is amended as...

          2. 4.In paragraph 3(da) of Schedule 3 to the Social Security...

        3. Report on initial operation of drugs provisions

          1. 5.(1) The Secretary of State must prepare a report on...

      2. Part 2 Employment and support allowance

        1. Requirements imposed on persons dependent on drugs etc.

          1. 6.After section 15 of the Welfare Reform Act 2007 (c....

          2. 7.After Schedule 1 to the Welfare Reform Act 2007 (c....

        2. Consequential amendments

          1. 8.(1) Part 1 of the Welfare Reform Act 2007 (c....

        3. Report on the initial operation of drugs provisions

          1. 9.(1) The Secretary of State must prepare a report on...

    4. Schedule 4

      Loss of benefit provisions: further amendments

      1. Part 1 Further amendments of Social Security Fraud Act 2001

        1. 1.In this Part of this Schedule “the 2001 Act” means...

        2. 2.(1) Section 7 of the 2001 Act (loss of benefit...

        3. 3.(1) Section 8 of the 2001 Act (effect of offence...

        4. 4.(1) Section 9 of the 2001 Act (effect of offence...

        5. 5.(1) Section 10 of the 2001 Act (power to supplement...

        6. 6.(1) Section 11 of the 2001 Act (loss of benefit...

        7. 7.(1) Section 13 of the 2001 Act (interpretation of sections...

        8. 8.In section 21(2) of the of the 2001 Act (extent),...

      2. Part 2 Related amendments of other Acts

        1. Social Security Administration Act 1992 (c. 5)

          1. 9.In section 170 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992...

        2. Social Security Act 1998 (c. 14)

          1. 10.In paragraph 3 of Schedule 3 to the Social Security...

    5. Schedule 5

      Section 51: consequential amendments etc.

      1. Child Support Act 1991 (c. 48)

        1. 1.The Child Support Act 1991 is amended as follows.

        2. 2.In section 39B (disqualification for holding or obtaining travel authorisation),...

        3. 3.(1) Section 39C (period for which orders under section 39B...

        4. 4.In section 39D (power to order search), for subsections (1)...

        5. 5.(1) Section 39E (variation and revocation of orders following payment)...

        6. 6.For section 39F substitute— Power to make supplementary provision (1) The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision...

        7. 7.Omit section 39G (application of sections 39B and 39F to...

        8. 8.Omit section 40B (disqualification for holding or obtaining driving licence)....

        9. 9.In section 52(2A)(b) (regulations and orders: affirmative resolution procedure), after...

      2. Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 (c. 6)

        1. 10.In section 59(5) and (6) of the Child Maintenance and...

    6. Schedule 6

      Registration of births

      1. Part 1 Amendments of Births and Deaths Registration Act 1953

        1. 1.In this Schedule “the 1953 Act” means the Births and...

        2. 2.(1) Section 1 of the 1953 Act (particulars of births...

        3. 3.(1) Section 2 of the 1953 Act (information concerning birth...

        4. 4.After section 2 of the 1953 Act insert— Information concerning...

        5. 5.In section 4 of the 1953 Act (registrar's power to...

        6. 6.In section 5 of the 1953 Act (registration of births...

        7. 7.Omit section 6 of the 1953 Act (which makes special...

        8. 8.In section 7 of the 1953 Act (registration after twelve...

        9. 9.In section 8 of the 1953 Act (penalty for improper...

        10. 10.(1) Section 9 of the 1953 Act (giving of information...

        11. 11.(1) Section 10 of the 1953 Act (registration of father...

        12. 12.(1) Section 10A of the 1953 Act (Re-registration where parents...

        13. 13.After section 10A of the 1953 Act insert— Re-registration after...

        14. 14.In section 34 of the 1953 Act (entry in register...

        15. 15.In section 36 of the 1953 Act (penalties for failure...

        16. 16.In section 39 of the 1953 Act (regulations), in paragraph...

        17. 17.After section 39 of the 1953 Act insert— Regulations made...

        18. 18.In section 41 of the 1953 Act (interpretation), in the...

      2. Part 2 Other amendments

        1. Perjury Act 1911 (c. 6)

          1. 19.In section 4 of the Perjury Act 1911 (false statements,...

        2. Population (Statistics) Act 1938 (c. 12)

          1. 20.(1) In the Schedule to the Population (Statistics) Act 1938...

        3. Children Act 1989 (c. 41)

          1. 21.(1) Section 4 of the Children Act 1989 (acquisition of...

          2. 22.(1) Section 4ZA of the Children Act 1989 (acquisition of...

        4. Child Support Act 1991 (c. 48)

          1. 23.In section 26 of the Child Support Act 1991 (disputes...

        5. Child Support (Northern Ireland) Order 1991 (S.I. 1991/2628 (N.I. 23))

          1. 24.In Article 27 of the Child Support (Northern Ireland) Order...

        6. Children (Scotland) Act 1995 (c. 36)

          1. 25.In section 3 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 (provisions...

        7. Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 (S.I. 1995/755 (N.I. 2))

          1. 26.(1) Article 7 of the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995...

    7. Schedule 7

      Repeals and revocations

      1. Part 1 Abolition of income support

      2. Part 2 Abolition of adult dependency increases

      3. Part 3 Social security: other repeals and revocations

      4. Part 4 Child maintenance

      5. Part 5 Birth registration

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