The Social Security (Intensive Activity Period 50 to 59 Pilot)(No.2) Regulations 2005

Cited as:SI 2005/637
Jurisdiction:UK Non-devolved

2005No. 637

SOCIAL SECURITY

The Social Security (Intensive Activity Period 50 to 59 Pilot)(No.2) Regulations 2005

8thMarch2005

9thJanuary2006

Whereas a draft of this instrument was laid before Parliament in accordance with section 37(2) of the Jobseekers Act 1995( 1), and approved by resolution of each House of Parliament;

Whereas these Regulations are made with a view to ascertaining whether their provisions will, or will be likely to, encourage persons to obtain work or will, or will be likely to, facilitate the obtaining by persons of work( 2);

Now, therefore, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in exercise of the powers conferred upon him by sections 19(10)(c), 29(1), (3) and (5), 35(1) and 36(2) and (4) of the Jobseekers Act 1995( 3) , and of all other powers enabling him in that behalf, after agreement by the Social Security Advisory Committee that proposals in respect of these Regulations should not be referred to it( 4), hereby makes the following Regulations:

Citation, commencement and duration

1. - (1) These Regulations may be cited as the Social Security (Intensive Activity Period 50 to 59 Pilot) (No.2) Regulations 2005 and shall come into force on 9th January 2006.

(2) These Regulations shall cease to have effect on 8th January 2007 unless revoked with effect from an earlier date.

Interpretation

2. - (1) In these Regulations -

"appropriate office" means an office, by whatever name it is from time to time known, of the Department for Work and Pensions which is identified in the Schedule to these Regulations by reference to its district and name as at the date on which these Regulations come into force and, where such an office closes, a reference in the Schedule to that office shall be construed as a reference to the office which a person is required to attend by an employment officer instead of that office;

"benefit" means a jobseeker's allowance or any earnings credited to a person in accordance with regulation 8A of the Social Security (Credits) Regulations 1975( 5);

"the Jobseeker's Regulations" means the Jobseeker's Allowance Regulations 1996( 6).

(2) In respect of any period throughout which a member of a joint-claim couple is receiving a joint-claim jobseeker's allowance, the other member of that couple shall, for the purposes of regulation 3(3)(c), also be treated as receiving benefit throughout that period.

Application of Intensive Activity Period 50 to 59 Pilot

3. - (1) Subject to paragraph (4), in relation to a person to whom paragraph (2) applies, in regulation 75(1)(a)(iv) of the Jobseeker's Regulations( 7) (interpretation) for "aged 25 years or over and less than 50 years" substitute "aged 50 years or over and less than 60 years".

(2) This paragraph shall apply to any person who meets the conditions specified in paragraph (3) and who is selected by an employment officer, on a sampling basis, to participate in the Intensive Activity Period as specified in regulation 75(1)(a)(iv) of the Jobseeker's Regulations as amended by paragraph (1).

(3) For the purposes of paragraph (2) the conditions are that he is a person-

(a) who, between 9th January 2006 and 8th January 2007 attends an appropriate office pursuant to a notification given or sent under regulation 23 or 23A of the Jobseeker's Regulations; and(b) who has been receiving benefit for a cumulative period of at least 18 months in the previous 21 months; and(c) who has been given or sent a notice in writing by an employment officer notifying him of a place on the Intensive Activity Period as specified in regulation 75(1)(a)(iv) of the Jobseeker's Regulations as amended by paragraph (1), and advising him that if he fails to participate in that programme, his jobseeker's allowance could cease to be payable or could be payable at a lower rate.

(4) Where a person to whom paragraph (2) would otherwise apply informs the Secretary...

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