S.I. No. 195 of 2012.
SOCIAL WELFARE AND PENSIONS ACT 2012 (SECTIONS 14, 15 AND 17) (COMMENCEMENT) ORDER 2012
(This note is not part of the Instrument and does not purport to be a legal interpretation.)
This Order provides for the commencement of sections 14, 15 and 17 of the Social Welfare and Pensions Act 2012, with effect from the 7th June 2012.
Section 14 enhances the investigative functions of designated persons (Community Welfare Officers) and social welfare inspectors to enable them to request landlords to provide information in relation to their tenants who are claiming the Rent Supplement under the Supplementary Welfare Allowance scheme for the purposes of controlling that scheme.
Section 15 provides for the introduction of additional identity authentication measures, for the purposes of making a claim for a social welfare payment or an application for a Personal Public Service Number (PPSN) or a Public Services Card, to allow for photographs and signatures to be captured and retained in electronic form.
Section 17 empowers social welfare inspectors to question and make enquiries of passengers at ports and airports for the purpose of ensuring compliance with the Social Welfare Acts.