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No 124 The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (NorthernIreland)2015

This Order made by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions under section 1 of the Welfare Benefits Up-rating Act 2013 and sections 150 and 150A of the Social Security Administration Act 1992, alters the rates and amounts of certain social security benefits and other sums.

From an employment law perspective the key Articles are 8,9 and 10 which deal with Statutory Sick Pay, Statutory Maternity Pay, and Shared Parental Pay respectively with the new rates being - £88.45 (SSP), £ 139.58 (SMP), £139.58 (SPP). Commencement dates, depending on which rate is appropriate, will be 5/4/15 or 6/4/15.

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