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Social Welfare Act 2005

An Act to amend and extend the Social Welfare Acts and to amend the Health Contributions Act 1979

Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005

The 2005 Consolidation Act provides, in a single document, the principles that govern the social welfare code, including the Social Insurance Fund, Social Insurance-Based Benefits, Social Assistance schemes, Child Benefit, the control and application of these schemes, and a number of other matters.
The Consolidation Act has 13 Parts, which provide the legislative basis relating to Social Insurance and Social Assistance, such as insurability provisions relating to employees, self-employed persons, voluntary contributors and optional contributors, the range of social insurance-based schemes including Disability Benefit and Unemployment Benefit, as well as the provisions underpinning the Old Age (Contributory), Widow(er)'s and Retirement Pension schemes.
The Act contains the key provisions relating to the Social Assistance schemes including Unemployment Assistance, Old Age and Widow(er)'s (Non-Contributory) Pensions, One-Parent Family Payment, Carer's Allowance, Supplementary Welfare Allowance and Child Benefit.
It also contains general provisions governing social welfare payments and insurability, claims and payments, and the appointment and duties of Social Welfare Inspectors. In addition, it details offences and penalties and provides for legal proceedings under the social welfare code, the mechanisms governing decisions and appeals in relation
to social welfare, and the Supplementary Welfare Allowance scheme.

Social Welfare and Pensions Act, 2005

Arrangement of Sections
  1. Short title, construction, collective citation and commencement
  2. Definitions (Part 2)
  3. Child benefit - new rates
  4. Disability benefit
  5. Injury benefit - removal of limit
  6. Carer's benefit - improvement to entitlement conditions
  7. Respite care grant - improvements to entitlement conditions
  8. Disability allowance - extension of payment
  9. Assessment of capital means for certain assistance payments
  10. Certain EU payments - entitlement to island allowance
  11. Amendments consequential on the alignment of the income tax year with the calendar year
  12. Unemployment benefit and unemployment assistance - amendment to entitlement
  13. Unemployment benefit, unemployment assistance and farm assist - amendment to disqualifications
  14. Carer's benefit and carer's allowance - amendment
  15. Personal public service number - extension of provisions
  16. Award of bereavement grant and payments after death in certain cases
  17. Provisions relating to prosecutions
  18. Amendment of section 2 of Principal Act (interpretation)
  19. Orphan's (contributory) allowance and orphan's (non-contributory) pension - amendments
  20. Assessment of means - amendments
  21. Recovery of overpayments
  22. Old age (contributory) pension - amendment to definition of 'homemaker'
  23. Amendments to Principal Act consequential on Health Act 2004
  24. Third Schedule to Principal Act (Rules as to calculation of means)
  25. Amendments consequential on section 24
  26. Pre-consolidation amendments to Principal Act
  27. Definitions (Part 3)
  28. Amendment of section 2 of Principal Act
  29. Amendment of section 7A of Principal Act
  30. Amendment of section 18 of Principal Act
  31. Funding standard
  32. Small scheme exemptions
  33. Amendment of section 59 of Principal Act
  34. Qualifications of trustees
  35. Amendment of section 90 of Principal Act
  36. Amendment to Part VI of Principal Act
  37. Cross-border schemes
  38. Amendment of section 111 of Principal Act
  39. Amendment of section 113 of Principal Act
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