Social Welfare Act 2010

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Social Welfare Act 2010
Number 34 of 2010
SOCIAL WELFARE ACT 2010
ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
PART 1
Preliminary and General
Section
1. Short title, construction and commencement.
2. Definitions.
PART 2
Amendments to Social Welfare Acts
3. Social insurance benefits (new rates).
4. Social assistance payments (new rates).
5. Child benefit (new rates).
6. Increases in disablement pension.
7. Jobseeker’s benefit — reduction of rates in certain circumstances.
8. Jobseeker’s allowance — reduction of rates in certain circumstances.
9. Supplementary welfare allowance — reduced weekly amounts in certain circumstances.
10. Repeals.
11. Abolition of income ceilings.
12. Abolition of employee PRSI relief on employee pension contributions.
13. Reduction in employer PRSI relief on employee pension contributions.
14. Self-employment contributions — increase in rate.
PART 3
Repeal of Health Contributions Act 1979
15. Repeal of Health Contributions Act 1979 and consequential amendment.
SCHEDULE 1
SCHEDULE 2
SCHEDULE 3
Acts Referred to
Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2009
2009, No. 5
Health Contributions Act 1979
1979, No. 4
Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2008
2008, No. 22
Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2010
2010, No. 28
Social Welfare and Pensions (No. 2) Act 2009
2009, No. 43
Social Welfare and Pensions Act 2009
2009, No. 10
Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005
2005, No. 26
Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006
2006, No. 5
Number 34 of 2010
SOCIAL WELFARE ACT 2010
AN ACT TO AMEND AND EXTEND THE SOCIAL WELFARE ACTS; TO REPEAL THE HEALTH CONTRIBUTIONS ACT 1979; AND TO PROVIDE FOR RELATED MATTERS.
[17th December, 2010]
BE IT ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS AS FOLLOWS:
PART 1

Preliminary and General
Short title, construction and commencement.
1.— (1) This Act may be cited as the Social Welfare Act 2010.
(2) The Social Welfare Acts and this Act (other than subsections (1) to (3) of section 15 ) shall be read together as one.
(3) Sections 7 , 8 , 9 and 10 shall come into operation on such day or days as the Minister may appoint by order or orders either generally or with reference to any particular purpose or provision and different days may be so appointed for different purposes or provisions.
Definitions.
2.— In this Act—
“Act of 2006” means the Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 ;
“Act of 2009” means the Social Welfare and Pensions (No. 2) Act 2009 ;
“Act of 2010” means the Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2010 ;
“Minister” means the Minister for Social Protection;
“Principal Act” means the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005 .
PART 2

Amendments to Social Welfare Acts
Social insurance benefits (new rates).
3.— (1) Schedule 2 to the Principal Act (amended by section 8 of the Act of 2010) is amended by substituting the Parts set out in Schedule 1 for Parts 1 to 4 of the said Schedule 2.
(2) This section comes into operation—
(a) in so far as it relates to jobseeker’s benefit, on 30 December 2010,
(b) in so far as it relates to illness benefit, health and safety benefit, injury benefit and disablement gratuity, on 3 January 2011,
(c) in so far as it relates to carer’s benefit, State pension (transition), invalidity pension and a payment referred to in paragraph (a) of the definition of “relevant payment” in section 178(1) of the Principal Act, on 6 January 2011, and
(d) in so far as it relates to disablement pension, death benefit under section 81, 82 or 83 of the Principal Act, State pension (contributory), widow’s (contributory) pension, widower’s (contributory) pension and guardian’s payment (contributory), on 7 January 2011.
Social assistance payments (new rates).
4.— (1) Schedule 4 to the Principal Act (amended by section 4(1) of the Act of 2009) is amended by substituting—
(a) the Part set out in Schedule 2 for Part 1 of the said Schedule 4, and
(b) the Part set out in Schedule 3 for Part 3 of the said Schedule 4.
(2) This section comes into operation—
(a) in so far as it relates to jobseeker’s allowance, pre-retirement allowance and farm assist, on 29 December 2010,
(b) in so far as it relates to supplementary welfare allowance, on 3 January 2011,
(c) in so far as it relates to disability allowance, on 5 January 2011,
(d) in so far as it relates to one-parent family payment (other than where payable in respect of a widow or widower), carer’s allowance and a payment referred to in paragraph (b) or (c) of the definition of “relevant payment” in section 178(1) of the Principal Act, on 6 January 2011, and
(e) in so far as it relates to State pension (non-contributory), blind pension, widow’s (non-contributory) pension, widower’s (non-contributory) pension, one-parent family payment payable in respect of a widow or widower and guardian’s payment (non-contributory), on 7 January 2011.
Child benefit (new rates).
5.— (1) Section 221 of the Principal Act is amended by substituting the following subsection for subsection (1) (amended by section 17 of the Act of 2006):
“(1) Subject to this Act, a qualified person shall be paid a monthly benefit of the amount set out in column (2) of Part 4 of Schedule 4 for a qualified child referred to in column (1) of that Part of that Schedule opposite that amount.”.
(2) Schedule 4 to the Principal Act is amended by substituting the following Part for Part 4 (inserted by section 7 of the Act of 2009):
“PART 4
Amounts of Child Benefit
Child in respect of whom child benefit is payable
Monthly rate of child benefit payable per child
(1)
(2)

1. Each of the first 2 qualified children
140.00
2. Third qualified child
167.00
3. Each qualified child in excess of 3 qualified children
177.00
”.
(3) This section comes into operation on 1 January 2011.
Increases in disablement pension.
6.— (1) The Principal Act is amended—
(a) in section 3(10) by substituting “76(3), 77A” for “76(3)”,
(b) by substituting the following section for section 77 (amended by section 8(2) of the Act of 2010):
“Increase of disablement pension on account of incapacity.
77.— (1) Subject to this Act, the weekly rate of disablement pension shall be increased by the amount set out in column (2) of Part 4 of Schedule 2 where, as a result of the relevant loss of faculty, the beneficiary is incapable of work and likely to remain permanently so incapable.
(2) (a) For the purposes of this section, a person may be treated as being incapable of work, and likely to remain permanently incapable of work, notwithstanding that the loss of faculty is not such as to prevent the person being capable of work, where it is likely to restrict him or her to earning not more than the amount that may be prescribed.
(b) In paragraph (a) the reference to ‘earning’ includes a reference to receiving any remuneration or profit derived from gainful occupation.
(3) An increase of pension under this section (in this Chapter referred to as ‘an incapacity supplement’) shall be payable for the period that may be determined at the time it is granted, but may be renewed from time to time.”, and
(c) by inserting the following new section after section 77:
“Increase in disablement pension for qualified adult, qualified children etc.
77A.— (1) Where a person qualifies for an incapacity supplement under section 77, disablement pension shall be increased for the period during which incapacity supplement is payable—
(a) by the amount set out in column (3) of Part 4 of Schedule 2 for any period during which the beneficiary has a qualified adult, subject to the restriction that a beneficiary shall not be entitled for the same period to an increase of disablement pension under this paragraph in respect of more than one person,
(b) by the amount set out in column (4) of Part 4 of Schedule 2 in respect of each qualified child who normally resides with the beneficiary,
(c) by the amount set out in column (5) of Part 4 of Schedule 2 where the beneficiary is living alone, and
(d) by the amount set out in column (6) of Part 4 of Schedule 2 where the beneficiary is ordinarily resident on an island.
(2) Subject to subsection (3), any increase of disablement pension payable under subsection (1)(b) in respect of a qualified child who normally resides with the beneficiary and with the spouse of the beneficiary shall be payable at the rate of one-half of the appropriate amount in any case where the spouse of the beneficiary is not a qualified adult and subsection (1)(b) shall be read and have effect accordingly.
(3) Subsection (2) shall not apply and no increase of disablement pension payable under subsection (1)(b) in respect of a qualified child who normally resides with the beneficiary and with the spouse of a beneficiary shall be payable where the weekly income of that spouse, calculated or estimated in the manner that may be prescribed, exceeds any amount that may be prescribed.”.
(2) This section comes into operation on 7 January 2011.
Jobseeker’s benefit — reduction of rates in certain circumstances.
7.— (1) The Principal Act is amended by inserting the following section after section 62:
“Jobseeker’s benefit — reduction of rates in certain circumstances.
62A.— Notwithstanding section 62, in the case of a person who—
(a) has, when requested to do so by an officer of the Minister, without good cause refused to participate or to agree to participate in a course of training which is considered appropriate by the officer having regard to the training needs of the person and his or her personal circumstances,
(b) has, without good cause, refused or failed to avail himself or herself of any reasonable offer of training provided or approved of by An Foras Áiseanna Saothair, or
(c) has, without good cause, refused or failed to avail himself or herself of an opportunity of participating in a programme administered by An Foras Áiseanna Saothair and the Minister pursuant to the plan commonly known as the National Employment Action Plan,
the weekly rate of jobseeker’s benefit shall be as set out in section 65(2) or, as the case may be, paragraph (a), (b) or (c) of section 65A(2).”.
(2) Section 64(1) (as amended by section 18 of the Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2008 ) of the Principal Act is amended—
(a) in paragraph (c)(i) by substituting “reckonable” for “prescribed reckonable”,
(b) in paragraph (c)(ia) by substituting “reckonable” for “prescribed reckonable”,
(c) in paragraph (c)(ii) by substituting “reckonable” for “prescribed reckonable”, and
(d) in paragraph (c) by substituting “in excess of €300 in the governing contribution year or has reckonable weekly earnings specified in paragraphs (a) to (c) of subsection (6) or, as the case may be, has reckonable weekly income specified in paragraphs (d) to (f) of subsection (6) in the periods specified in respect of those earnings or that income in those paragraphs” for “in excess of a prescribed amount in the prescribed period”.
(3) Section 64 (as amended by section 18 of the Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2008 ) of the Principal Act is amended—
(a) in subsection (4) by substituting “68(1), 68(6) or 68(6A)” for “68(1) or 68(6)”,
(b) by substituting the following subsection for subsection (6):
“(6) For the purposes of the requirements of subsection (1)(c) relating to reckonable weekly earnings or, as the case may be, reckonable weekly income, a claimant—
(a) has reckonable weekly earnings—
(i) which do not exceed €44.43,
(ii) which exceed €44.43 but do not exceed €63.48, or
(iii) which exceed €63.48 but do not exceed €88.87,
in respect of a period of interruption of employment which commenced before 25 December 2003,
(b) has reckonable weekly earnings—
(i) which do not exceed €79.99,
(ii) which exceed €79.99 but do not exceed €124.99, or
(iii) which exceed €124.99 but do not exceed €149.00,
in respect of a period of interruption of employment which commenced on or after 25 December 2003 and before 5 January 2009,
(c) has reckonable weekly earnings—
(i) which do not exceed €149.99,
(ii) which exceed €149.99 but do not exceed €219.99, or
(iii) which exceed €219.99 but do not exceed €299.99,
in respect of a period of interruption of employment which commenced on or after 5 January 2009,
(d) has reckonable weekly income—
(i) which does not exceed €44.43,
(ii) which exceeds €44.43 but does not exceed €63.48, or
(iii) which exceeds €63.48 but does not exceed €88.87,
in respect of a period of interruption of employment which commenced before 25 December 2003,
(e) has reckonable weekly income—
(i) which does not exceed €79.99,
(ii) which exceeds €79.99 but does not exceed €124.99, or
(iii) which exceeds €124.99 but does not exceed €149.00,
in respect of a period of interruption of employment which commenced on or after 25 December 2003 and before 5 January 2009, or
(f) has reckonable weekly income—
(i) which does not exceed €149.99,
(ii) which exceeds €149.99 but does not exceed €219.99, or
(iii) which exceeds €219.99 but does not exceed €299.99,
in respect of a period of interruption of employment which commenced on or after 5 January 2009.”,
(c) by deleting subsection (7),
(d) in subsection (8) by deleting “that the claimant must have prescribed reckonable weekly earnings in excess of a prescribed amount in the prescribed period”, and
(e) by inserting the following subsections after subsection (8):
“(9) For the purposes of subsection (1)(c)—
(a) the reckonable weekly earnings referred to in subparagraphs (i) and (ia) of that subsection shall, subject to paragraph (b), be calculated as the total reckonable earnings in the governing contribution year increased by the amount of—
(i) a payment, if any, referred to in section 38, and
(ii) an allowable contribution, if any, referred to in Regulation 41 or 42 of the Regulations of 2001,
divided by the number of qualifying contributions in that governing contribution year,
(b) without prejudice to paragraph (a), the governing contribution year, for the purposes of the calculation, in accordance with paragraph (a), of the reckonable weekly earnings referred to in subparagraph (ia) of subsection (1)(c) shall be—
(i) the governing contribution year, or
(ii) the governing contribution year that relates to the jobseeker’s benefit claim referred to in subsection (1)(c)(ia)(II),
whichever is the more favourable, and
(c) the reckonable weekly income referred to in subparagraph (ii) of that subsection shall be calculated as the total reckonable income in the governing contribution year increased by the amount of—
(i) a payment, if any, referred to in section 38, and
(ii) an allowable contribution, if any, referred to in Regulation 41 or 42 of the Regulations of 2001,
divided by the number of qualifying contributions in that governing contribution year.
(10) In the case of a claimant whose claim, by virtue of having been entitled to or in receipt of jobseeker’s benefit or illness benefit in respect of any day in the 13 week period preceding 4 January 1993, forms part of a period of interruption of employment which commenced prior to that date, nothing in this section shall be construed as reducing the rate of jobseeker’s benefit payable to him or her to a rate which is less than the rate to which he or she was entitled to before that date.
(11) In subsection (9), ‘Regulations of 2001’ means the Income Tax (Employments) (Consolidation) Regulations 2001 ( S.I. No. 559 of 2001 ).”.
(4) Section 65 (as amended by section 4 of and Schedule 1 to the Act of 2006) of the Principal Act is amended—
(a) by renumbering the existing provision as subsection (1) of that section, and
(b) by inserting the following subsection after subsection (1):
“(2) Subject to this Act, notwithstanding subsection (1), in the case of a person to whom section 62A refers, the weekly rate of jobseeker’s benefit shall be reduced and accordingly shall be the weekly rate set out in column (2) of Part 1 of Schedule 2 which shall be reduced in each week by €44.”.
(5) The Principal Act is amended by inserting the following new section after section 65:
“Rates of jobseeker’s benefit relating to certain reckonable weekly earnings, certain reckonable weekly income and certain periods.
65A.— (1) Subject to this Act, in the case of—
(a) a person with reckonable weekly earnings specified in section 64(6)(a)(i) or reckonable weekly income specified in section 64(6)(d)(i), the weekly rate of jobseeker’s benefit shall be €84.50,
(b) a person with reckonable weekly earnings specified in section 64(6)(a)(ii) or reckonable weekly income specified in section 64(6)(d)(ii), the weekly rate of jobseeker’s benefit shall be €121.40,
(c) a person with reckonable weekly earnings specified in section 64(6)(a)(iii) or reckonable weekly income specified in section 64(6)(d)(iii), the weekly rate of jobseeker’s benefit shall be €147.30,
(d) a person with reckonable weekly earnings specified in section 64(6)(b)(i) or reckonable weekly income specified in section 64(6)(e)(i), the weekly rate of jobseeker’s benefit shall be €84.50,
(e) a person with reckonable weekly earnings specified in section 64(6)(b)(ii) or reckonable weekly income specified in section 64(6)(e)(ii), the weekly rate of jobseeker’s benefit shall be €121.40,
(f) a person with reckonable weekly earnings specified in section 64(6)(b)(iii) or reckonable weekly income specified in section 64(6)(e)(iii), the weekly rate of jobseeker’s benefit shall be €147.30,
(g) a person with reckonable weekly earnings specified in section 64(6)(c)(i) or reckonable weekly income specified in section 64(6)(f)(i), the weekly rate of jobseeker’s benefit shall be €84.50,
(h) a person with reckonable weekly earnings specified in section 64(6)(c)(ii) or reckonable weekly income specified in section 64(6)(f)(ii), the weekly rate of jobseeker’s benefit shall be €121.40, or
(i) a person with reckonable weekly earnings specified in section 64(6)(c)(iii) or reckonable weekly income specified in section 64(6)(f)(iii), the weekly rate of jobseeker’s benefit shall be €147.30.
(2) Subject to this Act, notwithstanding subsection (1), in the case of a person to whom section 62A refers, the weekly rate of jobseeker’s benefit shall be reduced and accordingly—
(a) in the case of a person referred to in subsection (1)(a), (1)(d) or (1)(g), the weekly rate shall be €65.00,
(b) in the case of a person referred to in subsection (1)(b), (1)(e) or (1)(h), the weekly rate shall be €93.00, or
(c) in the case of a person referred to in subsection (1)(c), (1)(f) or (1)(i), the weekly rate shall be €113.00.”.
(6) Section 66 (as amended by section 4 of and Schedule 1 to the Act of 2006) of the Principal Act is amended—
(a) in subsection (1), by substituting “Subject to subsection (1A), the weekly rate” for “The weekly rate”, and
(b) by inserting the following subsection after subsection (1):
“(1A) In the case of a person referred to in section 65A, the weekly rate of jobseeker’s benefit shall be increased by €80.90 for any period during which the beneficiary has a qualified adult, subject to the restriction that a beneficiary shall not be entitled for the same period to an increase of benefit under this subsection in respect of more than one person.”.
(7) Section 68 (as amended by section 4 of and Schedule 1 to the Act of 2006) of the Principal Act is amended—
(a) in subsection (6)—
(i) by deleting paragraph (b), and
(ii) by deleting paragraph (c),
and
(b) by inserting the following subsection after subsection (6):
“(6A) A person shall be disqualified for receiving jobseeker’s benefit where he or she has refused an offer of suitable employment.”.
(8) Section 67 of the Principal Act is amended in subsection (9) by inserting “or 68(6A)” after “section 68(6)”.
Jobseeker’s allowance — reduction of rates in certain circumstances.
8.— (1) The Principal Act is amended by inserting the following section after section 141 (as amended by section 6 of the Social Welfare and Pensions Act 2009 ):
“Jobseeker’s allowance — reduction of rates in certain circumstances.
141A.— Notwithstanding section 141, in the case of a person who—
(a) has, when requested to do so by an officer of the Minister, without good cause refused to participate, or to agree to participate, in a course of training which is considered appropriate by the officer having regard to the training needs of the person and his or her personal circumstances,
(b) has, without good cause, refused or failed to avail himself or herself of any reasonable offer of training provided or approved of by An Foras Áiseanna Saothair, or
(c) has, without good cause, refused or failed to avail himself or herself of an opportunity of participating in a programme administered by An Foras Áiseanna Saothair and the Minister pursuant to the plan commonly known as the National Employment Action Plan,
the scheduled rate of jobseeker’s allowance shall be the weekly rate as set out in section 142(1A), 142A(1A) or, as the case may be, 142B(1A).”.
(2) Section 142 (as amended by section 6 of the Act of 2009) of the Principal Act is amended by inserting the following subsection after subsection (1):
“(1A) Subject to this Act and notwithstanding subsection (1), in the case of a person to whom section 141A refers, the scheduled rate of jobseeker’s allowance shall be reduced and accordingly shall be the weekly rate as set out in column (2) at reference 1(b) of Part 1 of Schedule 4 which shall be reduced in each week by €44, increased by—
(a) the amount set out in column (3) of that Part opposite that reference for any period during which the claimant or beneficiary has a qualified adult, subject to the restriction that the claimant or beneficiary shall not be entitled for the same period to an increase of allowance under this paragraph in respect of more than one person, and
(b) the appropriate amount set out in column (4) of that Part opposite that reference in respect of each qualified child who normally resides with the claimant or beneficiary.”.
(3) Section 142A (as amended by section 6 of the Act of 2009) of the Principal Act is amended—
(a) by inserting the following subsection after subsection (1):
“(1A) Subject to this Act and notwithstanding subsection (1), in the case of a person to whom section 141A refers, the scheduled rate of jobseeker’s allowance shall be reduced and accordingly shall be the weekly rate as set out in column (2) at reference 1(c) of Part 1 of Schedule 4 which shall be reduced in each week by €25, increased by the amount set out in column (3) of that Part opposite that reference for any period during which the claimant or beneficiary has a qualified adult, subject to the restriction that the claimant or beneficiary shall not be entitled for the same period to an increase of allowance under this subsection in respect of more than one person.”,
and
(b) in subsection (2)(a), by inserting “or subsection (1A)” after “subsection (1)”.
(4) Section 142B (inserted by section 6 of the Act of 2009) of the Principal Act is amended—
(a) by inserting the following subsection after subsection (1):
“(1A) Subject to this Act and notwithstanding subsection (1), in the case of a person to whom section 141A refers, the scheduled rate of jobseeker’s allowance shall be reduced and accordingly shall be the weekly rate as set out in column (2) at reference 1(d) of Part 1 of Schedule 4 which shall be reduced in each week by €33, increased by the amount set out in column (3) of that Part opposite that reference for any period during which the claimant or beneficiary has a qualified adult, subject to the restriction that the claimant or beneficiary shall not be entitled for the same period to an increase of allowance under this subsection in respect of more than one person.”,
and
(b) in subsection (2)(a), by inserting “or subsection (1A)” after “subsection (1)”.
(5) Section 147 (as amended by section 4 of and Schedule 1 to the Act of 2006) of the Principal Act is amended—
(a) in subsection (4) by—
(i) deleting paragraph (b), and
(ii) by deleting paragraph (c),
and
(b) by inserting the following subsection after subsection (4):
“(4A) A person shall be disqualified for receiving jobseeker’s allowance where he or she has refused an offer of suitable employment.”.
Supplementary welfare allowance — reduced weekly amounts in certain circumstances.
9.— (1) The Principal Act is amended by inserting the following section after section 195:
“Supplementary welfare allowance — reduced weekly amounts in certain circumstances.
195A.— Notwithstanding section 195, in the case of a person who—
(a) has, when requested to do so by an officer of the Minister, without good cause refused to participate, or to agree to participate, in a course of training which is considered appropriate by the officer having regard to the training needs of the person and his or her personal circumstances,
(b) has, without good cause, refused or failed to avail himself or herself of any reasonable offer of training provided or approved of by An Foras Áiseanna Saothair, or
(c) has, without good cause, refused or failed to avail himself or herself of an opportunity of participating in a programme administered by An Foras Áiseanna Saothair and the Minister pursuant to the plan commonly known as the National Employment Action Plan,
the weekly amount of supplementary welfare allowance payable shall be as set out in subsection (1A), (2A) or, as the case may be, (4A) of section 197.”.
(2) Section 196 of the Principal Act is amended in subsection (1) by inserting “and section 195A” after “section 341(7)”.
(3) Section 197 (as amended by section 13 of the Act of 2009) of the Principal Act is amended—
(a) by inserting the following subsection after subsection (1):
“(1A) Subject to this Act and notwithstanding subsection (1), in the case of a person to whom section 195A refers, the weekly amount of supplementary welfare allowance shall be reduced and accordingly shall be the weekly amount of supplementary welfare allowance as set out in column (2) at reference 10(a) of Part 1 of Schedule 4 which shall be reduced in each week by €42, increased by—
(a) the amount set out in column (3) of that Part for any period during which the claimant or beneficiary has a qualified adult, subject to the restriction that the claimant or beneficiary shall not be entitled for the same period to an increase of allowance under this paragraph in respect of more than one person, and
(b) the appropriate amount set out in column (4) of that Part in respect of each qualified child.”,
(b) by inserting the following subsection after subsection (2):
“(2A) Subject to this Act and notwithstanding subsection (2), in the case of a person to whom section 195A refers, the weekly amount of supplementary welfare allowance shall be reduced and accordingly shall be the weekly amount of supplementary welfare allowance as set out in column (2) at reference 10(b) of Part 1 of Schedule 4 which shall be reduced in each week by €25, increased by the amount set out in column (3) of that Part for any period during which the claimant or beneficiary has a qualified adult, subject to the restriction that the claimant or beneficiary shall not be entitled for the same period to an increase of allowance under this subsection in respect of more than one person.”,
and
(c) by inserting the following subsection after subsection (4):
“(4A) Subject to this Act and notwithstanding subsection (4), in the case of a person to whom section 195A refers, the weekly amount of supplementary welfare allowance shall be reduced and accordingly shall be the weekly amount of supplementary welfare allowance as set out in column (2) at reference 10(c) of Part 1 of Schedule 4 which shall be reduced in each week by €33, increased by the amount set out in column (3) of that Part for any period during which the beneficiary has a qualified adult, subject to the restriction that the claimant or beneficiary shall not be entitled for the same period to an increase of allowance under this subsection in respect of more than one person.”.
Repeals.
10.— Sections 18, 19 and 20 of the Act of 2010 are repealed.
Abolition of income ceilings.
11.— (1) The Principal Act is amended—
(a) in section 2(1) by substituting the following definition for the definition of “qualifying contribution”:
“ ‘qualifying contribution’ means the appropriate employment contri­bution or self-employment contribution which was paid in respect of any insured person or the appropriate optional contribution which was paid in respect of any optional contributor;”,
(b) in section 13—
(i) in subsection (2) (amended by section 3 of the Social Welfare and Pensions Act 2009 ) by deleting paragraphs (c) and (ca), and
(ii) by deleting subsection (3),
(c) in section 25(1)—
(i) in paragraph (a), by substituting “A contribution” for “Subject to paragraph (c), a contribution”, and
(ii) by deleting paragraph (c),
and
(d) in section 29 by substituting the following subsection for subsection (1) (amended by section 4 of the Social Welfare and Pensions Act 2009 ):
“(1) An optional contributor shall pay an optional contribution amounting to 4 per cent of his or her reckonable income in excess of €2,500 in the preceding contribution year, or €200, whichever is the greater amount.”.
(2) This section comes into operation on 1 January 2011.
Abolition of employee PRSI relief on employee pension contributions.
12.— (1) The Principal Act is amended—
(a) in section 2(1) by substituting the following definition for the definition of “reckonable emoluments”:
“ ‘reckonable emoluments’, in relation to a self-employed contributor, means emoluments (other than reckonable earnings and any other emoluments that may be prescribed) to which Chapter 4 of Part 42 of the Act of 1997 applies;”,
(b) in section 13(2)—
(i) in paragraph (b) by substituting “paragraph (ba)” for “paragraph (c)”, and
(ii) by inserting the following paragraph after paragraph (b):
“(ba) Where in any contribution week—
(i) a payment of more than €356 is made to or for the benefit of an employed contributor in respect of reckonable earnings of that employed contributor, and
(ii) other than in a case to which subsection (8) applies, the employed contributor’s employer is liable, under paragraph (d)(i), to pay a contribution at the rate of 7.8 per cent,
then the reckonable earnings of that employed contributor shall be calculated as if, in that week, they amount to €356 and there shall be payable a contribution by that employed contributor at the rate of €9.16, in that week, (or the equivalent thereof in the case of an employed contributor remunerated otherwise than on a weekly basis) in respect of each employment to which that payment relates.”,
(c) by deleting section 38, and
(d) in section 38A(1) (inserted by section 8 of the Act of 2009) by substituting “section 34 or 37” for “section 34, 37 or 38”.
(2) This section comes into operation on 1 January 2011.
Reduction in employer PRSI relief on employee pension contributions.
13.— (1) The Principal Act is amended—
(a) in section 2(1) by substituting the following definition for the definition of “reckonable earnings”:
“ ‘reckonable earnings’ means, subject to section 13(2)(da) and to regulations, earnings derived from insurable employment or insurable (occupational injuries) employment;”,
and
(b) in section 13(2)—
(i) in paragraph (d), by substituting “Subject to paragraph (da), subsection (8)” for “Subject to subsection (8)”,
and
(ii) by inserting the following paragraph after paragraph (d):
“(da) For the purposes of paragraph (d), reckonable earnings shall be reduced by—
(i) so much of the allowable contribution referred to in paragraph (e) of regulation 41 (inserted by section 16 of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2009 ) of the Income Tax (Employments) (Consolidated) Regulations 2001 ( S.I. No. 559 of 2001 ), and
(ii) half of so much of the allowable contribution referred to in—
(I) paragraphs (a) to (d) of regulation 41, and
(II) regulation 42,
of the Income Tax (Employments) (Consolidated) Regulations 2001.”.
(2) This section comes into operation on 1 January 2011.
Self-employment contributions — increase in rate.
14.— (1) Section 21 of the Principal Act is amended in—
(a) subsection (1)(a), by substituting “4 per cent” for “3 per cent”,
(b) subsection (1)(c), by substituting “4 per cent” for “3 per cent”, and
(c) subsection (3)(a)(i), by substituting “4 per cent” for “3 per cent”.
(2) This section comes into operation on 1 January 2011.
PART 3

Repeal of Health Contributions Act 1979
Repeal of Health Contributions Act 1979 and consequential amendment.
15.— (1) The Health Contributions Act 1979 is repealed.
(2) The repeal of the Health Contributions Act 1979 , effected by this section, shall not affect the liability under that Act or regulations made under that Act to pay a health contribution for any period ending on or before 31 December 2010, or matters relating to the estimation, collection, recovery or refund of those contributions or of interest thereon or other proceedings relating to those contributions or that interest.
(3) Health contributions paid on or after 1 January 2011 under subsection (2) or health contributions remitted by the Revenue Commissioners on or after 1 January 2011 shall be paid into the Social Insurance Fund.
(4) Section 38A(5) of the Principal Act is amended, in the definition of “contributions” (inserted by section 5 of the Act of 2010), by deleting paragraph (e).
(5) This section comes into operation on 1 January 2011.
SCHEDULE 1
Section 3 .
“PART 1
Rates of Periodical Benefits and Increases
Description of benefit
Weekly rate
Increase

for qualified adult (where payable)
Increase

for each qualified child (where payable)
Increase for pre-scribed relative under section 183 (where payable)
Increase

where the person is living alone

(where payable)
Increase where the person has attained the age of 80 years (where payable)
Increase

where the person is ordinarily resident on an island off the coast of Ireland (where payable)
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
(6)
(7)
(8)







1. Illness Benefit, Jobseeker’s Benefit, Injury Benefit and Health and Safety Benefit
188.00
124.80
29.80




2. Death Benefit:
(a) pension payable to a widow or widower (section 81)
218.50

29.80
143.00
7.70
10.00
12.70
additional increase for a widow or widower (under section 81) who has attained pensionable age
16.20






(b) pension payable to a parent:
(i) reduced rate
105.60


143.00
7.70


(ii) maximum rate
218.50


143.00
7.70


(c) pension payable to an orphan
164.80






3. State Pension (Contributory) and State Pension (Transition):
230.30
153.50
29.80
143.00
7.70
10.00
12.70
additional increase for a qualified adult who has attained pensionable age

52.80





4. Invalidity Pension:
193.50
138.10
29.80
143.00
7.70
10.00
12.70
additional increase for a beneficiary who has attained the age of 65 years
36.80






additional increase where qualified adult has attained pensionable age

68.20





5. Widow’s (Contributory) Pension and Widower’s (Contributory) Pension and a payment referred to in paragraph (a) of the definition of ‘relevant payment’ in section 178(1):
193.50

29.80
143.00
7.70
10.00
12.70
additional increase for a beneficiary who has attained pensionable age
36.80






6. Guardian’s Payment (Contributory)
161.00






7. Carer’s Benefit:
in the case of a person to whom section 102(1)(b) applies
205.00

29.80




in the case of a person to whom section 102(1)(a) applies
307.50

29.80




PART 2
Occupational Injuries Benefits — Gratuity and Grant
Description of Grant
Amount
(1)
(2)

1. Disablement Benefit:

Maximum gratuity
15,320
2. Death Benefit
850
PART 3
Disablement Pension
Degree of disablement
Weekly rate
(1)
(2)

100 per cent... ... ... ...
219.00
90 per cent... ... ... ...
197.10
80 per cent... ... ... ...
175.20
70 per cent... ... ... ...
153.30
60 per cent... ... ... ...
131.40
50 per cent... ... ... ...
109.50
40 per cent... ... ... ...
87.60
30 per cent... ... ... ...
65.70
20 per cent... ... ... ...
43.80
PART 4
Increases of Disablement Pension
Description of increase
Weekly rate
Increase for qualified adult (where payable)
Increase for each qualified child (where payable)
Increase where the person is living alone (where payable)
Increase where the person is ordinarily resident on an island off the coast of Ireland (where payable)
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
(6)





1. Increase where the person is permanently incapable of work:
188.00
124.80
29.80
7.70
12.70
additional increase for a beneficiary who has attained the age of 66 years
16.30




additional increase where the qualified adult has attained the age of 66 years

10.80



2. Increase where the person requires constant attendance
205.00




”.
SCHEDULE 2
Section 4 .
“PART 1
Rates Of Periodical Social Assistance And Increases
Description of assistance
Weekly rate
Increase for qualified adult (where payable)
Increase for each qualified child (where payable)
Increase for pres-cribed relative under section 183 (where payable)
Increase where the person is living alone (where payable)
Increase where the person has attained the age of 80 years (where payable)
Increase where the person is ordinarily resident on an island off the coast of Ireland (where payable)
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
(6)
(7)
(8)







1. Jobseeker’s Allowance:
(a) in the case of a person to whom section 142(1)(a) applies
188.00
124.80
29.80




(b) in the case of a person to whom section 142(1)(b) applies
188.00
124.80
29.80




(c) in the case of a person to whom section 142A applies
100.00
100.00





(d) in the case of a person to whom section 142B applies
144.00
124.80





2. Pre-Retirement Allowance
188.00
124.80
29.80




3. Disability Allowance
188.00
124.80
29.80




4. State Pension (Non-Contributory)
219.00

29.80
143.00
7.70
10.00
12.70
5. Blind Pension
188.00

29.80
143.00
7.70
10.00
12.70
6. Widow’s (Non-Contributory) Pension, Widower’s (Non-Contributory) Pension and a payment referred to in paragraph (b) or (c) of the definition of ‘relevant payment’ in section 178(1)
188.00

29.80
143.00
7.70
10.00
12.70
7. One-Parent Family Payment
188.00

29.80




8. Carer’s Allowance:
(a) in the case of a person to whom section 181(1)(a) applies
306.00

29.80


10.00
12.70
additional increase for a beneficiary who has attained pensionable age
52.50






(b) in the case of a person to whom section 181(1)(b) applies
204.00

29.80


10.00
12.70
additional increase for a beneficiary who has attained pensionable age
35.00






9. Guardian’s Payment (Non- Contributory)
161.00






10. Supplementary Welfare Allowance
(a) in the case of a person to whom section 197(1) applies
186.00
124.80
29.80




(b) in the case of a person to whom section 197(2) applies
100.00
100.00





(c) in the case of a person to whom section 197(4) applies
144.00
124.80





11. Farm Assist
188.00
124.80
29.80




”.
SCHEDULE 3
Section 4 .
“PART 3
Increase Of Blind Pension For One Of A Couple Where Spouse Has Not Attained Pensionable Age
Means of claimant or pensioner
Weekly rate of increase

Where the weekly means of the claimant or pensioner do not exceed €7.60
124.80
exceed €7.60 but do not exceed €10.10
123.10
exceed €10.10 but do not exceed €12.60
121.50
exceed €12.60 but do not exceed €15.10
119.80
exceed €15.10 but do not exceed €17.60
118.20
exceed €17.60 but do not exceed €20.10
116.50
exceed €20.10 but do not exceed €22.60
114.80
exceed €22.60 but do not exceed €25.10
113.20
exceed €25.10 but do not exceed €27.60
111.50
exceed €27.60 but do not exceed €30.10
109.90
exceed €30.10 but do not exceed €32.60
108.20
exceed €32.60 but do not exceed €35.10
106.50
exceed €35.10 but do not exceed €37.60
104.90
exceed €37.60 but do not exceed €40.10
103.20
exceed €40.10 but do not exceed €42.60
101.60
exceed €42.60 but do not exceed €45.10
99.90
exceed €45.10 but do not exceed €47.60
98.20
exceed €47.60 but do not exceed €50.10
96.60
exceed €50.10 but do not exceed €52.60
94.90
exceed €52.60 but do not exceed €55.10
93.30
exceed €55.10 but do not exceed €57.60
91.60
exceed €57.60 but do not exceed €60.10
89.90
exceed €60.10 but do not exceed €62.60
88.30
exceed €62.60 but do not exceed €65.10
86.60
exceed €65.10 but do not exceed €67.60
85.00
exceed €67.60 but do not exceed €70.10
83.30
exceed €70.10 but do not exceed €72.60
81.70
exceed €72.60 but do not exceed €75.10
80.00
exceed €75.10 but do not exceed €77.60
78.30
exceed €77.60 but do not exceed €80.10
76.70
exceed €80.10 but do not exceed €82.60
75.00
exceed €82.60 but do not exceed €85.10
73.40
exceed €85.10 but do not exceed €87.60
71.70
exceed €87.60 but do not exceed €90.10
70.00
exceed €90.10 but do not exceed €92.60
68.40
exceed €92.60 but do not exceed €95.10
66.70
exceed €95.10 but do not exceed €97.60
65.10
exceed €97.60 but do not exceed €100.10
63.40
exceed €100.10 but do not exceed €102.60
61.70
exceed €102.60 but do not exceed €105.10
60.10
exceed €105.10 but do not exceed €107.60
58.40
exceed €107.60 but do not exceed €110.10
56.80
exceed €110.10 but do not exceed €112.60
55.10
exceed €112.60 but do not exceed €115.10
53.40
exceed €115.10 but do not exceed €117.60
51.80
exceed €117.60 but do not exceed €120.10
50.10
exceed €120.10 but do not exceed €122.60
48.50
exceed €122.60 but do not exceed €125.10
46.80
exceed €125.10 but do not exceed €127.60
45.10
exceed €127.60 but do not exceed €130.10
43.50
exceed €130.10 but do not exceed €132.60
41.80
exceed €132.60 but do not exceed €135.10
40.20
exceed €135.10 but do not exceed €137.60
38.50
exceed €137.60 but do not exceed €140.10
36.80
exceed €140.10 but do not exceed €142.60
35.20
exceed €142.60 but do not exceed €145.10
33.50
exceed €145.10 but do not exceed €147.60
31.90
exceed €147.60 but do not exceed €150.10
30.20
exceed €150.10 but do not exceed €152.60
28.50
exceed €152.60 but do not exceed €155.10
26.90
exceed €155.10 but do not exceed €157.60
25.20
exceed €157.60 but do not exceed €160.10
23.60
exceed €160.10 but do not exceed €162.60
21.90
exceed €162.60 but do not exceed €165.10
20.20
exceed €165.10 but do not exceed €167.60
18.60
exceed €167.60 but do not exceed €170.10
16.90
exceed €170.10 but do not exceed €172.60
15.30
exceed €172.60 but do not exceed €175.10
13.60
exceed €175.10 but do not exceed €177.60
11.90
exceed €177.60 but do not exceed €180.10
10.30
exceed €180.10 but do not exceed €182.60
8.60
exceed €182.60 but do not exceed €185.10
7.00
exceed €185.10 but do not exceed €187.60
5.30
exceed €187.60 but do not exceed €190.10
3.70
exceed €190.10 but do not exceed €192.60
2.00
exceed €192.60
Nil
”.