S.I. No 381 of 2017


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S.I. No 381 of 2017
 
 
Social Welfare (Consolidated Claims, Payments and Control) (Amendment) (No. 5) (Treatment Benefit) Regulations 2017
 
EXPLANATORY NOTE
 
(This note is not part of the Instrument and does not purport to be a legal interpretation.)
 
These Regulations seek to simplify the arrangements governing entitlement to Treatment Benefit.
 
It has been a requirement of the Treatment Benefit scheme that a claimant should have not less than 39 contributions (paid or credited) in the relevant contribution year, of which at least 13 must be paid contributions. The requirement that 13 must be paid contributions is being abolished in these Regulations.
 
These Regulations also provide that all claimants are now able to qualify for Treatment Benefit by virtue of having both 26 contributions in the relevant contribution year and 26 contributions in the preceding year — a measure which is designed to enable people who are job-sharing to qualify for the scheme.
 
Finally, these Regulations provide that where a person qualifies for Treatment Benefit at any age between 60 and pensionable age, he or she will remain qualified for life.
 
 
 
Last modified:07/09/2017