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The Social Security (Claims and Payments) Regulations 1979

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Special provisions relating to claims for unemployment benefit made during periods connected with public holidays E+W+S+N.I.

13.—(1) In this regulation:—

(a)"public holiday”” means, as the case may be, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a Bank Holiday under the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 F1; and “"Christmas and New Year holidays”” and “"Good Friday and Easter Monday”” shall be construed accordingly and shall in each case be treated as one period;

(b)"office closure”” means a period during which an unemployment benefit office is closed in connection with a public holiday;

(c)in computing any period of time Sundays shall not be disregarded.

(2) Where any claim for unemployment benefit, other than a claim to which regulation 12(2) applies, is made during one of the periods set out in paragraph (3), the following provisions shall apply—

(a)a claim for unemployment benefit may be treated by an insurance officer as a claim for that benefit for a period, to be specified in his decision, not exceeding 21 days after the date of the claim;

(b)on any claim so treated, benefit may be awarded as if the provisions of sub-paragraphs (b) and (c) of paragraph (2) and the provisions of paragraph (3) of regulation 12 applied.

(3) For the purposes of paragraph (2) the periods are—

(a)in the case of Christmas and New Year holidays, a period beginning with the start of the 21st day before the first day of office closure and ending at midnight between the last day of office closure and the following day;

(b)in the case of Good Friday and Easter Monday and in the case of any other public holiday a period beginning with the start of the 14th day before the first day of office closure and ending at midnight between the last day of office closure and the following day.

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