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2. In these Regulations, except where the context otherwise requires—
“the 1999 Act” means the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999(1);
“claimant” means a claimant for a jobseeker’s allowance(2);
“employment officer” means an officer of the Secretary of State or such other person as may be designated for the purposes of sections 8 and 19 of the Jobseekers Act 1995 by an order made by the Secretary of State;
“employment zone” means an area within Great Britain subject to a designation for the purposes of these Regulations signed by authority of the Secretary of State on or before the date on which these Regulations are made pursuant to section 60 of the 1999 Act as an area wherein an employment zone programme subject to these Regulations is established and which is available for inspection at the offices of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions(3);
“employment zone contractor” means a person who is providing an employment zone programme on behalf of the Secretary of State;
“employment zone programme” means a scheme which is designed to assist claimants for a jobseeker’s allowance to obtain sustainable employment and which is established by the Secretary of State pursuant to section 60 of the 1999 Act for an employment zone.
Jobseeker’s allowance is a social security benefit paid in accordance with the provisions of the Jobseekers Act 1995 and the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations 1996 (S.I. 1996/ 207) as amended.
The designation may be inspected at the offices of the Secretary of State at Richmond House, 79, Whitehall, London SW1A 2NS. Copies can be obtained from Partnerships, Unemployed, Skills and Hardest to Help Division, Department for Work and Pensions, Room N1108, Moorfoot, Sheffield S1 4PQ. The list of areas is published on the internet at www.employmentzones.gov.uk
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