Social Welfare and Pensions Act 2007

7.

Adoptive benefit — improvements.

7.— The Principal Act is amended—

( a) in section 58(4)—

(i) by substituting the following for paragraph ( a):

“( a) in the case of an employed contributor—

(i) for the period of adoptive leave to which the adopting parent is entitled under section 6 of the Adoptive Leave Act 1995, or

(ii) for the period of adoptive leave to which the adopting parent is entitled under section 9 of the Adoptive Leave Act 1995 or for 6 weeks, whichever is the longer period of time, and the provisions of section 59 shall not apply,”,

and

(ii) by substituting the following for paragraph ( b)(ii):

“(ii) an adopting parent within the meaning of subsection (1)( b)(ii), where the adopting mother dies—

(I) before the day of placement, for 24 consecutive weeks beginning on the day of placement, or

(II) on or after the day of placement, for a period of 24 weeks less a period equivalent to the period beginning on the day of placement and ending on the date of her death or for 6 weeks, whichever is the longer period of time, and the provisions of section 59 shall not apply,”,

and

( b) by substituting the following section for section 61:

“Disqualification.

61.— Regulations may provide for disqualifying an adopting parent for receiving adoptive benefit where, during the period for which the benefit is payable, the adopting parent engages in any form of insurable employment, insurable (occupational injuries) employment, insurable self-employment, any employment referred to in paragraph 1, 2, 3 or 6 of Part 2 of Schedule 1 or any self-employment referred to in paragraph 1 or 5 of Part 3 of Schedule 1.”.