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The Health and Personal Social Services (Injury Benefits) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2001

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Dependent relative’s allowance

10.—(1) Subject to paragraph (4) and to regulation 11, on the death of a person mentioned in regulation 7 or, where any allowance is payable under regulation 8(2), on the termination of payment of that allowance, an annual allowance calculated in accordance with paragraph (2) or (3), as the case may be, shall be payable to—

(a)a parent who, is either the deceased’s mother or his father or his spouse’s mother or father, and who was wholly or mainly dependent on the deceased at the date of his death; and

(b)each child who has attained the age of 17 years, and is not receiving full-time education or undergoing full-time training for a trade, profession or vocation, but who if he had not attained the age of 17 years would be entitled to an allowance under regulation 9, and who was incapable by reason of permanent ill-health or infirmity of mind or body of earning his living at the date of the death of the deceased or at the date he ceased to be entitled to an allowance under regulation 9, whichever is the later, and has at all times since then been so incapable.

(hereinafter referred to as “a dependent relative”).

(2) The annual allowance payable to a dependent relative referred to in paragraph (1)(a) shall be payable to the first dependent relative therein mentioned who is eligible at any one time and shall be the amount, if any, which when added to the annual amount of any pension payable under a relevant pension scheme in respect of the deceased to that dependent relative will provide an income of 20 per cent. of the deceased’s average remuneration, or of 45 per cent., during any period in which there is no widow or widower of the deceased to whom an allowance is or might be payable under regulation 8:

Provided that where the Department is satisfied that during any period that dependent relative is not being maintained by a surviving spouse of the deceased, it may pay the allowance during such a period as if there were no surviving spouse.

(3) The annual allowance payable to a dependent relative referred to in paragraph (1)(b) shall be the amount, if any, which when when added to the annual amount of any pension payable under a relevant pension scheme in respect of the deceased to that dependent relative will provide an income of 20 per cent. of the deceased’s average remuneration, or of 45 per cent. of that amount, where the dependent relative has no surviving parent:

Provided that where the Department is satisfied that during any period that dependent relative is not being maintained by a surviving parent, it may pay the allowance during such period as if there were no surviving parent.

(4) A dependent relative shall not be entitled to receive an allowance—

(a)if he subsequently marries or is living together with another person as husband and wife; or

(b)in respect of any period exceeding one month during which he is maintained out of money appropriated by Act of the Northern Ireland Assembly in a hospital or other institution so maintained.

(5) An allowance payable to a dependent relative may be paid to such other person as the Department may specify and that person shall apply the benefits, in accordance with any directions given by the Department, for the benefit of that dependent relative.

(6) In paragraph (1)(a), a reference to a parent includes a reference to a step-parent and an adoptive parent.

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