The Regulations make provision for a pilot scheme for job seeker's allowance claimants who fulfil certain criteria and are selected to participate in a compulsory employment zone programme with a particular employment zone contractor.
Under the Pneumoconiosis, etc. (Workers' Compensation) (Northern Ireland) Order 1979 lump sum payments may be made to certain persons disabled by a disease to which the Order applies, or to dependants of persons who were so disabled immediately before they died. The Regulations amend the Pneumoconiosis, etc. (Workers' Compensation) (Payment of Claims) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1988 so as to increase the amount payable under the Order.
The Regulations amend the Social Security (Payments on account, Overpayments and Recovery) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1988 to provide for an interim payment where it is impractical to satisfy national insurance number requirements, the recovery of duplicate payments of benefit from payments of contribution-based jobseeker's allowance, the recovery of overpayments without prior revision of the original decision awarding benefit, and clarification of the limitations in the right to deduct recoverable overpayments from prescribed benefits.
The Regulations amend the Social Security (Industrial Injuries) (Prescribed Diseases) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1986 in respect of concurrent employment in two or more occupations in relation to occupational deafness and delete obsolete exceptions which relate to claims in respect of occupational deafness made before 3 October 1984.
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