S.I. No. 728 of 2011.
SOCIAL WELFARE (CONSOLIDATED CLAIMS, PAYMENTS AND CONTROL) (AMENDMENT) (No. 8) (FAMILY INCOME SUPPLEMENT) REGULATIONS 2011
These Regulations provide for a number of amendments to the regulatory provisions relating to the Family Income Supplement (FIS) scheme. In assessing weekly family income for FIS purposes most weekly social welfare payments are taken into account when assessed means. These Regulations provide that Carer's Benefit and Carer's Allowance will be assessed as weekly income for FIS purposes in the same manner as other weekly social welfare payments. This change is being phased-in over a 3 year period, with 1/3rd of the Carer's Benefit or Carer's Allowance payment, as appropriate, being assessed during 2012, 2/3rds of the payment being assessed during 2013 and the full amount of the Carer's Benefit or Carer's Allowance payment being assessed from 1 January 2014 onwards.
The Social Welfare Act 2011 provides for the abolition of the disregard of income from employment by the HSE as a Home Help in the assessment of means for social assistance payments generally. These Regulations similarly abolish this income disregard in relation to employment by the HSE as a Home Help in the assessing weekly income for FIS purposes. This amendment will apply to new FIS claims with effect from 1 January 2012.