The Social Security (Traineeships and Qualifying Young Persons) Amendment Regulations 2015

JurisdictionEngland & Wales
CitationSI 2015/336

2015No. 336

SOCIAL SECURITY

The Social Security (Traineeships and Qualifying Young Persons) Amendment Regulations 2015

23rdFebruary2015

27thFebruary2015

27thMarch2015

The Secretary of State makes the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 6(4), 7(4), 17A(1), 35(1), 36(2)(a) and (4)(a) of, and paragraph 14(b) of Schedule 1 to, the Jobseekers Act 1995( 1) and sections 4(6)(b) and 42(2) and (3) of the Welfare Reform Act 2012( 2):

The Social Security Advisory Committee has agreed that the proposals in respect of these Regulations should not be referred to it( 3).

Citation and commencement

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Social Security (Traineeships and Qualifying Young Persons) Amendment Regulations 2015 and come into force on 27th March 2015.

Amendment of the Jobseeker's Allowance Regulations 1996

2.-(1) The Jobseeker's Allowance Regulations 1996( 4) are amended as follows.

(2) In regulation 1(3) (citation, commencement and interpretation)( 5), insert in the appropriate place-

""traineeship" means a course which-

(a) is funded (in whole or in part) by, or under arrangements made by, the-

(i) Secretary of State under section 14 of the Education Act 2002( 6), or

(ii) Chief Executive of Skills Funding( 7);

(b) lasts no more than 6 months;

(c) includes training to help prepare the participant for work and a work experience placement; and

(d) is open to persons who on the first day of the course have attained the age of 16 but not 25;"

(3) In regulation 14 (circumstances in which a person is to be treated as available)( 8)-

(a) in paragraph (1)-

(i) omit ", other than one to whom regulation 15(1)(a), (b), (bc) or (c) applies,";

(ii) after sub-paragraph (a) insert-

"(aa) notwithstanding regulation 15(1)(a), if he is participating in a traineeship;"

(b) in paragraph (2) omit ", other than one to whom regulation 15 applies,"

(4) In regulation 15 (circumstances in which a person is not to be regarded as available)( 9)-

(a) in paragraph (1)(a) omit "subject to paragraph (2),";

(b) in paragraph (2) for the words from "Notwithstanding" to "employment" substitute "Paragraph (1)(a) shall not apply to a full-time student";

(c) after paragraph (4) insert-

"(5) Any provision of these Regulations under which a person is treated as available for employment is subject to paragraph (1) except to the extent that these Regulations expressly provide otherwise."

(5) After regulation 19(1)(a) (circumstances in which a person is to be treated as actively seeking employment)( 10) insert--

"(aa) for any period for which he is treated as available for employment under regulation 14(1)(aa) (traineeships);".

(6) In regulation 54 (relevant education)-

(a) after paragraph (4) insert-

"(4A) A young person who is participating in a traineeship shall not be treated as receiving relevant education;."

(b) omit paragraph (5)( 11).

Amendment of the Jobseeker's Allowance (Schemes for Assisting Persons to Obtain Employment) Regulations 2013

3. In regulation 3 of the Jobseeker's...

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