S.I. No. 306 of 2018

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 S.I. No. 306 of 2018
Explanatory Note


(This note is not part of the Instrument and does not purport to be a legal

These Regulations update the existing provisions dealing with the assessment
of means – non-cash benefits – to take account of the European Communities
(Reception Conditions) Regulations 2018, which give effect in Irish law to
Directive 2013/33/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June
2013 laying down standards for the reception of applicants for international
protection (“The Reception Conditions Directive”).

These Regulations provide that for the purposes of certain means tested social
welfare payments, the net cash value of housing, food and associated benefits,
provided by the Department of Justice and Equality is to be taken into account,
in the assessment of means, of those who have been granted refugee status,
subsidiary protection or who have refugee status on arrival under UN resettlement

The effect of these Regulations will cease on 31 December 2018. This amendment
is a temporary measure to allow the continuation of the existing arrangements
following the introduction of the European Communities (Reception
Conditions) Regulations 2018, pending a more detailed examination of the
appropriate arrangements for people with status before they move to accommodation
in the community.

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