S.I. 259 of 2013


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S.I. No. 259 of 2013.

SOCIAL WELFARE (CONSOLIDATED CLAIMS, PAYMENTS AND CONTROL) (AMENDMENT) (NO. 5) (PRESCRIBED ACTIVATION MEASURES) REGULATIONS 2013

EXPLANATORY NOTE

Sections 12 and 13 of the Social Welfare and Pensions (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2013 provide for an extension of the existing sanctions which apply to refusals to participate in training options to include prescribed employment programmes and education courses. The existing sanctions provide for reductions of up to €44 a week in the personal rates of payment. The 2013 Act also provides for a strengthening of these sanctions, in the form of a disqualification for up to 9 weeks, where a person continues to fail to engage with activation measures after the weekly rate of payment has been reduced for more than 3 weeks.

These Regulations prescribe the programmes of employment and courses of education, training and development to which the strengthened sanctions will apply in the case of the Jobseeker's Benefit and Jobseeker's Allowance schemes. These include—

  • Community Employment,
  • Training and development courses provided by or on behalf of FÁS or the Vocational Education Committees (or their successor organisations), and
  • Education courses provided by or on behalf of the Vocational Education Committees (or their successor organisations).
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