S-I-No-63-of-2017


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Social Welfare (Consolidated Occupational Injuries) (Amendment) (No. 1) Regulations 2017 (S.I. No. 63 of 2017)
 
EXPLANATORY NOTE
(This note is not part of the Instrument and does not purport to be a legal interpretation.)
 

Section 21 of, and Schedule 1 to, the Social Welfare Act 2016 provide for an increase in the maximum rate of Injury Benefit payable from 13 March 2017 and for increases in the rates of benefits payable under the Occupational Injuries Benefits Scheme from 17 March 2017. Parts 2-3 of Schedule 1 provide for increases to the maximum rate of Disablement Gratuity and the weekly rates of Disablement Pension where the degree of disablement ranges from 100 per cent to 20 per cent.  

These Regulations provide for increases in the rate of Disablement Gratuity and the weekly rates of Disablement Pension where the degree of disablement ranges from 1 per cent to 19 per cent. The rates provided for in Schedule 3 apply in respect of a continuing disablement of between 1 and 19 per cent which arose prior to 1 January 2012. Schedule 3A applies where the disablement occurs after 1 January 2012 and in such a case, Disablement Gratuity and Disablement Pension are payable only where the extent of disablement is greater than 14 per cent.

The Regulations also provide for an increase in the rate of Injury Benefit payable to persons under the age of sixteen. If, in such a case, there is what amounts to full-time employment, or substantially full-time employment, the weekly rate will increase by €5.00 (from €188.00 to €193.00). This is the same rate as the maximum rate payable to an adult. In all other cases the rate will increase by €2.40 (from €89.90 to €92.30).

The rate increases provided for by these Regulations come into effect on 13 March 2017 in the case of Injury Benefit and on 17 March 2017 in the case of Disablement Gratuity and Disablement Pension to coincide with the increases in rates provided for by the Social Welfare Act 2016.

Last modified:13/03/2017