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National Insurance Manual

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Home Responsibilities Protection: what was HRP and who qualified for it: legislation for Northern Ireland

The NI legislation and orders for HRP are listed below. For corresponding legislation that exist for Great Britain, see NIM041315.

  1. Sections 137 - 143 of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 (“SSCB(NI)A 1992”) set out the basis of the Child Benefit Scheme. Schedules 9 and 10 set out some specific provisions on entitlement to Child Benefit.
  2. Sections 43-55 and Schedules 4 - 5A of SSCB(NI)A 1992 set out the detailed provisions in relation to the calculation of the basic State Pension and Additional (State Second) Pension.
  3. Sections 21 - 23 of SSCB(NI)A 1992 set out the general framework for entitlement to contributory benefits. The two specific contribution conditions that need to be met for entitlement to the basic State Pension and bereavement benefits are set out in Part 1 of Schedule 3 of SSCB (NI) A 1992. Only the second contribution condition (i.e. the requisite number of qualifying years) is relevant to HRP.
  4. Paragraph 5(7)(b) of Schedule 3 to the SSCB(NI)A 1992 - provides for the second contribution condition for the basic State Pension and bereavement benefit to be satisfied (up to a maximum of 20 years) if the relevant person was precluded from regular employment by responsibilities at home. Paragraph 5(7) (b) allows for the making of regulations to define “precluded from regular employment”

The following are the principal Northern Ireland regulations that define “precluded from regular employment.”

These regulations have the same effect as the corresponding Great Britain regulations (see page NIM41315)

  1. The Social Security Pensions (Home Responsibilities) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1994 (SR 1994/89)
  2. The Additional Pension and Social Security Pensions (Home Responsibilities) (Amendment) Regulations 2001(Northern Ireland) (SR 2001/ 440)
  3. The Social Security Pensions (Home Responsibilities) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003 (SR 2003/486) -
  4. The Social Security Pensions (Home Responsibilities) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005 (SR 2005/16) -
  5. The Social Security Pensions (Home Responsibilities) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008 (SR 2008/88)