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The Employment and Support Allowance (Exempt Work & Hardship Amounts) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

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The Social Security (Incapacity for Work) (General) Regulations 1995, the Employment and Support Allowance Regulations 2008 and the Employment and Support Allowance Regulations 2013 limit the period for which claimants who are or who are treated as incapable of work or who have or who are treated as having limited capability for work (but not limited capability for work related activity) may undertake exempt work while continuing to be entitled to benefit. Under those Regulations, that period is limited to 52 weeks. As a result of the amendments in regulations 2 to 4, that limit is removed.

Regulation 5 makes amendments to the Employment and Support Allowance Regulations 2008 amending the way that the amount of any hardship payment is calculated so that—

(a)claimants will receive 80% of their prescribed amount where they are not in receipt of a work-related activity component as part of their award of employment and support allowance and either they or a member of their family is either—

(i)pregnant; or

(ii)seriously ill;

(b)in all other cases a claimant will receive 60% of their prescribed amount.

An impact assessment has not been produced for this instrument as it has no impact on business or civil society organisations.

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