S.I. No. 102 of 2018


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S.I. No. 102 of 2018

Explanatory Note

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

Section 12 of the Social Welfare Act 2017 provides for increases in the maximum rates of certain social insurance payments arising from Budget 2018. These rates will apply where the contribution conditions and relevant weekly earnings or weekly income conditions are fully satisfied.

Where contribution conditions are partially satisfied, the Social Welfare Consolidation Act provides for Regulations to specify the reduced personal rates and for tapered increases for a qualified adult (where such a qualified adult has a weekly income).

These Regulations provide for increases to the reduced personal rates of Illness Benefit, Jobseeker’s Benefit, Health and Safety Benefit, State Pension (Contributory), Widow’s (Contributory) Pension, Widower’s (Contributory) Pension, and Surviving Civil Partner’s (Contributory) Pension. The reduced rates applicable for qualified adults in such cases are also increased.

The Regulations also provide for changes to the rates of tapered increases for qualified adults (whose income is between €100.01 and €310.00), of recipients of Illness Benefit, Jobseeker’s Benefit, Injury Benefit, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Pre-Retirement Allowance, Disability Allowance, Farm Assist and Invalidity Pension.

Finally, the Regulations provide for changes to the tapered increases for qualified adults (whose income is between €100.01 and €310.00), of recipients who are on reduced rates of State Pension (Contributory), Illness Benefit and Jobseeker’s Benefit.

These changes will take effect from 21 March 2018 to 6 April 2018 to concide with the increases to the maximum rates for the schemes in question provided for in the Social Welfare Act 2017.

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