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Enhancing Employment Opportunities

Disability Allowance & Blind Pension

  • Introduce a tapered 50% withdrawal rate where a recipient of Disability Allowance and Blind Pension engages in rehabilitative work and has a weekly income above the current disregard of €120 a week and below €350 a week.
    June 2006

Maternity & Adoptive Benefit

  • Increase of €17 a week in minimum rate to €182.60.
  • Increase in rate from 75% to 80% of reckonable weekly earnings.
    (January 2006)
  • Extra 4 weeks Maternity Benefit in 2006 and a further 4 weeks in 2007.

Rent & Mortgage Interest Supplement

  • Introduce a 50% tapered withdrawal of earnings between €60 a week and €90 a week.
  • Disregard childcare allowances for participants in approved training courses for the purpose of rent and mortgage interest supplement.
    (January 2006)

Back to Work Allowance

  • Reduce the qualifying period for access to both strands of Back to Work Allowance to 2 years on the Live Register.
  • Allow periods spent on Supplementary Welfare Allowance or Direct Provision to count towards qualifying period for Back to Work Allowance.
    (March 2006)

Secondary Benefits

  • Extend entitlement to the retention of social welfare secondary benefits for participants in the Rural Social Scheme.
  • Disregard childcare allowances for participants in approved training courses for the purpose of retention of entitlement to secondary benefits.
    (January 2006)

PRSAs

  • Disregard contributions to PRSAs from assessment in all means tested social welfare schemes.
    (April 2006)

Back to Education Allowance

  • Allow periods spent on Supplementary Welfare Allowance or Direct Provision to count towards qualifying period for Back to Education Allowance.
    (September 2006)

Treatment benefit

  • Introduce alternative contribution condition for entitlement to Treatment Benefit (26 paid contributions in Relevant Tax Year and previous Relevant Tax Year).
    (May 2006)

Unemployment Assistance

  • Abolish the assessment of Benefit and Privilege for those aged 25 or over.
    (February 2006)

Supplementary Welfare Allowance

  • Abolish the assessment of Benefit and Privilege for all persons aged 25 or over.
    (May 2006)

Qualified Adult Allowances

  • Increase the upper ceiling for entitlement to tapered QAA by €20 to €240 a week.
    (January 2006)
  • Increase the threshold for entitlement to full rate QAA by €11.12 to €100 a week, increase upper ceiling by €10 to €250 and reduce the number of tapered QAA bands.
    (May, July and September 2006)
  • Increase the spouse’s earnings disregard, as appropriate, by €11.12 to €100 a week and by €11.91 to €50 a week for Unemployment Assistance, Pre- Retirement Allowance, Farm Assist and Disability Allowance.
    (May and September 2006)
  • Increase of €10.80 a week in Qualified Adult Allowance for Old Age (Contributory) Pension, Retirement Pension and Invalidity Pension where the qualified adult is aged 66 or over.
  • Increase of €9.30 a week in Qualified Adult Allowance for Old Age (Contributory) Pension and Retirement Pension where the qualified adult is under age 66.
  • Increase of €12.10 a week in Qualified Adult Allowance for Invalidity Pension where the qualified adult is under age 66.
  • Increase of €10.60 a week in Qualified Adult Allowance for all recipients of Old Age (Non- Contributory) Pension and recipients of Blind Pension where
    the qualified adult is over age 66.
  • Increase of €11.30 a week for all other qualified adult payments.

(All Qualified Adult Allowance increases from January 2006)

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Last modified:25/11/2008
 

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