S-I-No-62-of-2017


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

Section 64(1) of the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005 provides that in order to qualify for Jobseeker’s Benefit, a claimant, in addition to having made a minimum number of PRSI contributions, must have, in the governing contribution year-

  • reckonable weekly earnings or weekly income in excess of €300.00, or
  • such lesser reckonable weekly earnings or lesser reckonable weekly income as specified in section 64(6) of the Act.

In the case of earnings or income within the ranges specified in section 64(6), a lower rate of Jobseeker’s Benefit is payable in accordance with section 65A of the Act.

These Regulations provide for an increase in the personal weekly rates of Jobseeker’s Benefit arising from Budget 2017 as follows:

  • an increase of €2.20 (from €84.50 to €86.70) where the beneficiary’s reckonable   weekly earnings do not exceed €149.99 or their reckonable weekly income does not exceed €149.99;
  • an increase of €3.20 (from €121.40 to €124.60) where the beneficiary’s reckonable weekly earnings exceed €149.99 but do not exceed €219.99 or their reckonable weekly income exceeds €149.99 but does not exceed €219.99;
  • an increase of €3.90 (from €147.30 to €151.20) where the beneficiary’s reckonable weekly earnings exceed €219.99 but do not exceed €299.99 or their reckonable weekly income exceeds €219.99 but does not exceed €299.99.

The Regulations also provide for an increase where a qualified adult increase is payable to these claimants. They provide for an increase of €2.10 (from €80.90 to €83.00) per week in the amount payable for a qualified adult.

The variation in the rates provided for by these Regulations comes into effect on 9 March 2017 to coincide with the increase in the full rate of Jobseeker’s Benefit provided for by section 21 of, and Schedule 1 to, the Social Welfare Act 2016.

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