S.I. No. 580 of 2013


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S.I. No. 580 of 2013.

SOCIAL WELFARE (CONSOLIDATED CLAIMS, PAYMENTS AND CONTROL) (AMENDMENT) (NO. 11) (BUDGETING IN RELATION TO SOCIAL WELFARE PAYMENTS) REGULATIONS 2013

EXPLANATORY NOTE

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

Section 15 of the Social Welfare Act 2012 extends the Household Budgeting facility for social welfare recipients by introducing new provisions specific to rents payable to a housing body. Under these provisions a new household budgeting arrangement is being introduced whereby tenants of a housing body who are in receipt of a social welfare payment may agree to have a portion of their social welfare payment withheld and paid to a housing body in respect of their rent. Once a person participates in this household budgeting arrangement, that person cannot withdraw such agreement without the consent of the relevant housing body.

The Social Welfare (Section 290A) (Agreement) Order 2013 specifies that the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection has entered into an agreement with An Post for the purposes of carrying out this household budgeting arrangement and that this agreement will have effect from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2015.

These Regulations set out the form and manner of application to An Post—

  1. for the deduction of a sum of money from a person's social welfare benefit and the payment of that amount to a housing body for the purposes of the payment of the rent payable by that person, and
  2. for discontinuance of such deduction and payment.

In addition, these Regulations set out the form and manner of application to a housing body for consent to the discontinuance of such deduction and payment and list the social welfare payments to which the new household budgeting arrangement will apply.

These Regulations also make consequential amendments to the existing household budgeting facility in the case of the deduction of rents to housing bodies.

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