Social Welfare and Pensions (No. 2) Act 2014

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Number 41 of 2014


Social Welfare and Pensions (No. 2) Act 2014


CONTENTS

Section

1. Definitions

2. Amounts of child benefit

3. Means assessment for one-parent family payment

4. Amendment of Pensions Act 1990

5. Short title, construction and collective citations


Acts Referred to

Pensions Act 1990 (No. 25)

Pensions Acts 1990 to 2014

Protection of Employees (Employers’ Insolvency) Act 1984 (No. 21)

Social Welfare Act 2011 (No. 37)

Social Welfare Act 2012 (No. 43)

Social Welfare Acts

Social Welfare and Pensions (No. 2) Act 2013 (No. 49)

Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005 (No. 26)

Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 (No. 5)


Number 41 of 2014


Social Welfare and Pensions (No. 2) Act 2014


An Act to amend the Social Welfare Acts; to amend the Pensions Act 1990 ; and to provide for related matters.

[25th December, 2014]

Be it enacted by the Oireachtas as follows:

Definitions

1. In this Act—

“Act of 2012” means the Social Welfare Act 2012 ;

“Principal Act” means the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005 .

Amounts of child benefit

2. (1) The Principal Act is amended—

(a) in section 221—

(i) by the substitution of the following subsection for subsection (1) (amended by section 8 of the Act of 2012):

“(1) Subject to this Act, a qualified person shall be paid a monthly benefit of €135 in respect of each qualified child.”,

and

(ii) by the substitution of the following subsection for subsection (2) (amended by section 17 of, and Schedule 3 to, the Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 ):

“(2) Notwithstanding anything in this Part, the monthly benefit payable to a qualified person in respect of a qualified child whose birth was part of—

(a) a multiple birth of 2 children, of whom 2 remain qualified, shall be 150 per cent of the amount specified in subsection (1), or

(b) a multiple birth of 3 or more children, of whom—

(i) not less than 3 remain qualified, shall be 200 per cent of the amount specified in subsection (1),

(ii) not less than 2 remain qualified, shall be 150 per cent of the amount specified in subsection (1), or

(iii) one remains qualified, shall be payable at the amount specified in subsection (1).”,

and

(b) in Schedule 4, by the repeal of Part 4 (amended by section 8 of the Act of 2012).

(2) This section comes into operation on 1 January 2015.

Means assessment for one-parent family payment

3. Rule 1(4) (amended by section 11 of the Social Welfare Act 2011 ) of Part 5 of Schedule 3 to the Principal Act is amended—

(a) in subparagraph (a), by the substitution of “subject to this paragraph,” for “subject to subparagraph (b),”,

(b) in subparagraph (c), by the substitution of “shall be disregarded, and” for “shall be disregarded,”,

(c) by the substitution of the following subparagraph for subparagraph (d):

“(d) in calculating the weekly earnings for the purposes of subparagraph (a) for any period commencing on or after 1 January 2014, an amount of €90 together with half the weekly earnings in excess of that amount shall be disregarded;”,

and

(d) by the deletion of subparagraphs (e) and (f).

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