Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland
19th December 2013
Coming into operation
1st January 2014
The Department for Social Development makes the following regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by Articles 6(5) and 6(12) of the Jobseekers (Northern Ireland) Order 1995(1), and now vested in it(2).
Proposals in respect of these Regulations were not referred to the Social Security Advisory Committee since it appeared to the Department for Social Development that by reason of the urgency of the matter it was inexpedient to do so(3).
1. These Regulations may be cited as the Jobseeker's Allowance (Habitual Residence) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 and shall come into operation on 1st January 2014.
2. In regulation 85A of the Jobseeker's Allowance Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996(4) (special cases: supplemental – persons from abroad) for paragraph (2) substitute-
"(2) No claimant shall be treated as habitually resident in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland unless-
(a)the claimant has been living in any of those places for the past three months; and
(b)the claimant has a right to reside in any of those places, other than a right to reside which falls within paragraph (3).".
3. The amendment in regulation 2 does not apply in relation to a claim for a jobseeker's allowance which is made or treated as made before these Regulations come into operation.
Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department for Social Development on 19th December 2013
A senior officer of the Department for Social Development
(This note is not part of the Regulations)
These Regulations amend regulation 85A of the Jobseeker's Allowance Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996 in relation to the definition of a "person from abroad".
A claimant for a jobseeker's allowance who is not habitually resident in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland ("the Common Travel Area") is a person from abroad for whom the applicable amount is nil.
The effect of the amendment is that the habitual residence test cannot be satisfied unless the claimant has been living in the Common Travel Area for the past three months. This is in addition to the existing requirement to have a right to reside in the Common Travel Area.
Regulation 3 provides a saving for claims made or treated as made before 1st January 2014.
See Article 8(b) of S.R. 1999 No. 481
See sections 149(2) and 150(1)(a) of the Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 (c. 8)