S.I. No. 529/2014 - Social Welfare (Temporary Provisions) Regulations 2014.

Subscribe to a Global-Regulation Premium Membership Today!

Key Benefits:

Subscribe Now for only USD$20 per month, or Get a Day Pass for only USD$4.99.
S.I. No. 529/2014 - Social Welfare (Temporary Provisions) Regulations 2014.

View PDF
Notice of the making of this Statutory Instrument was published in
“Iris Oifigiúil” of 28th November, 2014.
I, JOAN BURTON, Minister for Social Protection, in exercise of the powers conferred on me by section 4 (amended by section 96 of the Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act 2011 (No. 10 of 2011)) of the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005 (No. 26 of 2005), and by section 292 (amended by section 24 of the Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2010 (No. 28 of 2010)) of the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005 , with the consent of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, hereby make the following Regulations:
Citation
1. These Regulations may be cited as the Social Welfare (Temporary Provisions) Regulations 2014.
Definitions
2. In these Regulations—
“Principal Act” means the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005 ;
“relevant week” means—
(a) in relation to partial capacity benefit, the period commencing on 24 November 2014 and expiring on 30 November 2014,
(b) in relation to jobseeker’s allowance payable in accordance with section 142(1)(a) of the Principal Act, pre-retirement allowance or farm assist, the period commencing on 26 November 2014 and expiring on 2 December 2014,
(c) in relation to disability allowance, the period commencing on 3 December 2014 and and expiring on 9 December 2014,
(d) in relation to carer’s benefit, State pension (transition), invalidity pension, one-parent family payment (other than one-parent family payment payable in respect of a widow, a widower or a surviving civil partner), a relevant payment under section 178(1) of the Principal Act or carer’s allowance, the period commencing on 4 December 2014 and and expiring on 10 December 2014, and
(e) in relation to disablement pension, death benefit payable in accordance with section 81 or 83 of the Principal Act or section 5 (4) of the Social Welfare and Pensions Act 2011 , State pension (contributory), widow’s (contributory) pension, widower’s (contributory) pension, surviving civil partner’s (contributory) pension, guardian’s payment (contributory), State pension (non-contributory), blind pension, widow’s (non-contributory) pension, widower’s (non-contributory) pension, surviving civil partner’s (non-contributory) pension, guardian’s payment (non-contributory) or one-parent family payment in respect of a widow, a widower or a surviving civil partner, the period commencing on 5 December 2014 and expiring on 11 December 2014.
Temporary variation of rates of certain social welfare payments
3. (1) This article applies to a person who is, or becomes, entitled to—
(a) a payment specified in article 4 of these Regulations in respect of the relevant week,
or
(b) domiciliary care allowance in respect of the period commencing on 1 December 2014 and expiring on 31 December 2014.
(2) In the case of a person to whom sub-article (1)(a) of this article applies, the amount of any such payment specified in article 4 of these Regulations (including any increase in that payment) payable to that person in respect of the relevant week shall be increased by 25 per cent.
(3) In the case of a person to whom sub-article (1)(b) of this article applies, the amount of any domiciliary care allowance payable to that person in respect of the period commencing on 1 December 2014 and expiring on 31 December 2014 shall be increased in accordance with the following formula—
[(A x 12) 52.18] 4
where A is the amount of any domiciliary care allowance payable to that person in respect of the period commencing on 1 December 2014 and expiring on 31 December 2014.
(4) Subject to sub-article (5) of this article, a person shall not be entitled to an increase in accordance with sub-article (2) of this article in respect of more than one payment specified in article 4 of these Regulations.
(5) An increase in accordance with sub-article (2) of this article in respect of more than one payment specified in article 4 of these Regulations may be payable where that person is entitled to be paid more than one of the said specified payments in respect of the same period by virtue of—
(a) section 186A of the Principal Act,
(b) section 247(3A) of the Principal Act, or
(c) regulations made under section 247(4) of the Principal Act.
Specified payments
4. The following payments are specified for the purposes of article 3(1)(a) of these Regulations—
(a) partial capacity benefit;
(b) disablement pension;
(c) death benefit payable in accordance with section 81 or 83 of the Principal Act or section 5 (4) of the Social Welfare and Pensions Act 2011 ;
(d) carer’s benefit;
(e) State pension (contributory);
(f) State pension (transition);
(g) invalidity pension;
(h) widow’s (contributory) pension;
(i) widower’s (contributory) pension;
(j) surviving civil partner’s (contributory) pension;
(k) guardian’s (contributory) payment;
(l) jobseeker’s allowance payable in accordance with section 142(1)(a) of the Principal Act;
(m) pre-retirement allowance;
(n) State pension (non-contributory);
(o) blind pension;
(p) widow’s (non-contributory) pension;
(q) widower’s (non-contributory) pension;
(r) surviving civil partner’s (non-contributory) pension;
(s) guardian’s payment (non-contributory);
(t) one-parent family payment;
(u) a relevant payment within the meaning of section 178 of the Principal Act;
(v) carer’s allowance;
(w) disability allowance;
(x) farm assist.
Minimum payment and rounding
5. (1) Where domiciliary care allowance or a payment specified in article 4 of these Regulations is increased in accordance with article 3 and the amount of such increase is less than €20, the said increase shall be payable at the amount of €20.
(2) Where domiciliary care allowance or a payment specified in article 4 of these Regulations is increased in accordance with article 3 and the amount of such increase is greater than €20 but is not a multiple of 10 cent, the amount of the said increase shall be rounded up to the nearest 10 cent where it is a multiple of 5 cent but not also a multiple of 10 cent and shall be rounded to the nearest 10 cent where it is not a multiple of 5 cent or 10 cent.
The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform consents to the making of the foregoing Regulations.
GIVEN under my Official Seal,
21 November 2014.
BRENDAN HOWLIN,
Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.
GIVEN under my Official Seal,
24 November 2014.
JOAN BURTON,
Minister for Social Protection.
EXPLANATORY NOTE
(This note is not part of the Instrument and does not purport to be a legal interpretation.)
These Regulations provide for the payment of a bonus to recipients of long-term social welfare payments and to recipients of domiciliary care allowance during the month of December 2014.
The amount of the bonus in the case of recipients of long-term social welfare payments is 25% of the normal weekly payment payable during the first week in December 2014, subject to a minimum payment of €20. In the case of domiciliary care allowance, the amount of the bonus is 25% of the weekly equivalent of the amount of domiciliary care allowance payable during December 2014, subject to a minimum payment of €20.
The bonus payment applies to recipients of the following long-term social welfare payments—
(a) partial capacity benefit;
(b) disablement pension;
(c) death benefit under the Occupational Injury Benefit scheme payable to widows, widowers, surviving civil partners, orphans and dependant parents;
(d) carer’s benefit;
(e) State pension (contributory);
(f) State pension (transition);
(g) invalidity pension;
(h) widow’s, widower’s and surviving civil partner’s (contributory) pension;
(i) guardian’s (contributory) payment;
(j) jobseeker’s allowance in respect of a continuous period of unemployment of at least 15 months;
(k) pre-retirement allowance;
(l) State pension (non-contributory);
(m) blind pension;
(n) widow’s, widower’s and surviving civil partner’s (non-contributory) pension;
(o) guardian’s payment (non-contributory);
(p) one-parent family payment;
(q) deserted wife’s benefit and deserted wife’s allowance;
(r) carer’s allowance;
(s) disability allowance;
(t) farm assist.

View PDF