S.I. 254 of 2013


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S.I. No. 254 of 2013.

SOCIAL WELFARE (CONSOLIDATED CLAIMS, PAYMENTS AND CONTROL) (AMENDMENT) (NO. 6) (RETAINED FIRE FIGHTERS) REGULATIONS 2013

EXPLANATORY NOTE

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

Due to the nature of their employment, retained fire fighters can have difficulty in complying with certain conditions applying to Jobseeker's payments. Section 9 of the Social Welfare and Pensions (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2013 amends the Jobseeker's Benefit and Jobseeker's Allowance schemes to exempt retained fire fighters from certain conditions to enable them access these schemes.

These Regulations provide for a number of further changes to the Jobseeker's Benefit and Jobseeker's Allowance schemes in the case of retained fire fighters, including an easing of the rules relating to availability for employment and the days which are and are not to be treated as days of unemployment.

These Regulations also amend the circumstances in which a person is to be regarded as having sustained a substantial loss of employment in the light of amendments contained in the Social Welfare Act 2012 to provide that Sundays will be taken into account for the purposes of determining entitlement to Jobseeker's payments. Where a claimant's earnings are reduced as a consequence of the loss of employment, a claimant for Jobseeker's Benefit will be regarded as having sustained a substantial loss of employment in any period of 7 consecutive days where that person has lost 1 day's employment.

 

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Last modified:17/07/2013