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3.—(1) The Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations 1996(1) are amended as follows.
(2) In regulation 1 (interpretation), after paragraph (5) insert—
“(6) In such cases and subject to such conditions or requirements as the Secretary of State may specify by means of a direction, any requirement imposed by or under these Regulations for a signature may be satisfied by means of an electronic signature (within the meaning given in section 7(2) of the Electronic Communications Act 2000.)”.
(3) After regulation 24A (alternative means of notifying changes of circumstances)(2) insert—
24B.—(1) A person may give any certificate, notice, information or evidence required to be given and in particular may give notice of a change of circumstances required to be notified under regulation 24 by means of an electronic communication, in accordance with the provisions set out in Schedule 9ZC to the Claims and Payments Regulations.
(2) In this regulation, “electronic communication” has the meaning given in section 15(1) of the Electronic Communications Act 2000.”(3).
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