S.I. No 701 of 2007.


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S.I. 701 of 2007

SOCIAL WELFARE (BILATERAL AGREEMENT WITH THE UNITED KINGDOM ON SOCIAL SECURITY) ORDER 2007

EXPLANATORY NOTE

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

This Order gives effect to the Bilateral Agreement on social security made between Ireland and the United Kingdom which comes into effect from 1 October 2007. The Order provides that the Social Welfare Acts and relevant Regulations will be modified to take account of the provisions of the Agreement.

The primary purpose of the Agreement is to consolidate the terms of earlier Agreements and to modify them to take account of legislative changes that have occurred in both States and in particular to extend their scope to the Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Herm and Jethou.

The Agreement provides that periods of insurance or residence in one State may be taken into account, where necessary, by the other State in order to qualify for certain benefits and pensions.

In the case of Ireland the Agreement covers illness benefit, maternity benefit, jobseeker's benefit, invalidity pension, State pension (contributory), State pension (transition), widow's and widower's (contributory) pension, guardian's payment (contributory), and bereavement grant.

The Agreement also contains provisions which allow workers in one State who are sent temporarily by an employer to work in the territory of the other State, to remain attached to the social security system of the first State for a period of 3 years.

All previous Agreements as listed are now replaced by this Agreement.

 


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