S.I. No. 692/2006 - Social Welfare (Consolidated Payments Provisions) (Amendment) (No.14) (Increase in Rates) Regulations 2006


S.I. No. 692 of 2006

SOCIAL WELFARE (CONSOLIDATED PAYMENTS PROVISIONS) (AMENDMENT) (No.14) (INCREASE IN RATES) REGULATIONS 2006

The Minister for Social and Family Affairs, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by sections 2 (as amended by sections 4, 5, 17 and 29 and Schedules 1, 3 and 6 of the Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 (No. 6 of 2006)), 3 (as amended by section 37 and Schedule 7 of the Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 ), 4 (as amended by section 17 and Schedule 3 of the Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 ), 41 (as amended by section 4 and Schedule 1 of the Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 ), 49 (as amended by section 4 and Schedule 1 of the Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 ), 53, 60 (as amended by Schedule 4 and Schedule 1 of the Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 ), 64 (as amended by section 4 and Schedule 1 of the Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 ), 109 (as amended by section 4 and Schedule 1 of the Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 ), 115 (as amended by section 4 and Schedule 1 of the Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 ), 125, 178A (inserted by section 10 of the Social Welfare Act 2005 (No. 30 of 2005)), 229 and 297 of the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005 (No. 26 of 2005), hereby makes the following regulations:

Citation and construction.

1.(1) These regulations may be cited as the Social Welfare (Consolidated Payments Provisions) (Amendment) (No.14) (Increase in Rates) Regulations 2006.

(2) These regulations and the Social Welfare (Consolidated Payments Provisions) Regulations 1994 to 2006 shall be construed together as one and may be cited together as the Social Welfare (Consolidated Payments Provisions) Regulations 1994 to 2006.

Commencement.

2. These regulations come into operation-

(a)        in so far as they relate to jobseeker's allowance, pre-retirement allowance and farm assist, on 27 December 2006,

(b)        in so far as they relate to jobseeker's benefit, on 28 December 2006,

(c)        in so far as they relate to illness benefit, maternity benefit, adoptive benefit, health and safety benefit and injury benefit, on 1 January 2007,

(d)        in so far as they relate to disability allowance, on 3 January 2007,

(e)        in so far as they relate to State pension (transition), invalidity pension, family income supplement and a payment referred to in paragraph (a) of the definition of “relevant payment” in section 178 of the Principal Act, on 4 January 2007, and

(f)        in so far as they relate to state pension (contributory), widow's and widower's (contributory) pension and incapacity supplement, on 5 January 2007.

Definitions.

3. In these regulations-

“the Principal Regulations” means the Social Welfare (Consolidated Payments Provisions) Regulations 1994 ( S.I. No. 417 of 1994 );

“the Regulations of 2005” means the Social Welfare (Consolidated Payments Provisions) (Amendment) (No.6) (Increase in Rates) Regulations 2005 ( S.I. No. 880 of 2005 );

“the Regulations of 2006” means the Social Welfare (Consolidated Claims and Payments) (Amendment) (No.13) (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2006 ( S.I. No. 571 of 2006 ).

Interpretation.

4. In these regulations, save where the context otherwise requires, a reference to a Schedule is to a Schedule to these Regulations.

Maternity and adoptive benefit.

5. The Principal Regulations are amended-

(a)  in article 22(2) (as amended by article 5 of the Regulations of 2005) by substituting “€207.80” for “€182.60”, and

(b) in article 23 (as amended by article 6 of the Social Welfare (Consolidated Payments Provisions) (Amendment) (No.8) (Increase in Rates) Regulations 2001 ( S.I. No. 650 of 2001 ) by substituting “60’ for “63.95”.

Calculation of spouse's income for qualified child increase.

6. The Principal Regulations are amended in article 6F (as amended by article 3 of the Social Welfare (Consolidated Payments Provisions) (Amendment) (No.7) (Qualified Child Increase) Regulations 2004 ( S.I. No. 847 of 2004 )) by substituting “€400” for “€350”.

State pension (non-contributory) - earnings disregard.

7. The Principal Regulations are amended by substituting for article 89A (as inserted by article 4 of the Social Welfare (Consolidated Payments Provisions) (Amendment) (No. 12) (State and Widow(er)'s Pension (Non-Contributory) Earnings Disregard) Regulations 2006 ( S.I. No. 519 of 2006 ) the following:

State pension (non-contributory) - earnings disregard.

89A. (1) For the purposes of Rule 1(2)(b)(vi) of Part 3 of Schedule 3 to the Principal Act, the value of any earnings derived by the person in respect of which he or she is engaged in employment shall be the average weekly earnings from that employment calculated in accordance with sub-article (2).

(2) For the purposes of sub-article (1), the average weekly earnings shall be determined by reference to the gross earnings received from that employment in the 13 weeks preceding the date of claim, or such other period as a deciding officer or an appeals officer considers appropriate having regard to the circumstances of the case, less an amount calculated in accordance with sub-article (3).

(3) For the purposes of sub-article (2) the amount shall be the aggregate of-

(a) any allowable contribution referred to in Regulations 41 and 42 of the Income Tax (Employments) (Consolidation) Regulations 2001 ( S.I. No. 559 of 2001 ),

(b) any contributions payable under section 5 of the Health Contributions Act, 1979 (No. 4 of 1979),

(c) any payment to a trade union, and

(d) the first €200 of weekly earnings.

(4) For the purposes of this article, “trade union” has the meaning assigned to it by section 472C of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 .

Widow's (non-contributory) pension and widower's (non-contributory) pension-earnings disregard.

89AB. (1) For the purposes of Rule 1(2)(b)(vii) of Part 5 of Schedule 3 to the Principal Act, the value of any earnings derived by the person in respect of which he or she is engaged in employment shall be the average weekly earnings from that employment calculated in accordance with sub-article (2).

(2) For the purposes of sub-article (1), the average weekly earnings shall be determined by reference to the gross earnings received from that employment in the 13 weeks preceding the date of claim, or such other period as a deciding officer or an appeals officer considers appropriate having regard to the circumstances of the case, less an amount calculated in accordance with sub-article (3).

(3) For the purposes of sub-article (2) the amount shall be the aggregate of-

(a) any allowable contribution referred to in Regulations 41 and 42 of the Income Tax (Employments) (Consolidation) Regulations 2001 ( S.I. No. 559 of 2001 ),

(b) any contributions payable under section 5 of the Health Contributions Act, 1979 (No. 4 of 1979),

(c) any payment to a trade union, and

(d) the first €100 of weekly earnings.

(4) For the purposes of this article, “trade union” has the meaning assigned to it by section 472C of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 .”.

Reduced rates of benefit.

8. The Principal Regulations are amended by -

(a)        the substitution for Schedule 1 (as substituted by article 25 of the Regulations of 2006) thereto of the Schedule set out in Schedule 1,

(b)        the substitution for Schedule 2 (as substituted by article 25 of the Regulations of 2006) thereto of the Schedule set out in Schedule 2,

(c)        the substitution for Schedule 3 (as substituted by article 25 of the Regulations of 2006) thereto of the Schedule set out in Schedule 3,

(d)        the substitution for Schedule 7 (as substituted by article 25 of the Regulations of 2006) thereto of the Schedule set out in Schedule 7,

(e)        the substitution for Schedule 8 (as substituted by article 25 of the Regulations of 2006) thereto of the Schedule set out in Schedule 8,

(f)        the substitution for Schedule 9 (as substituted by article 25 of the Regulations of 2006) thereto of the Schedule set out in Schedule 9,

(g)        the substitution for Schedule 10 (as substituted by article 25 of the Regulations of 2006) thereto of the Schedule set out in Schedule 10, and

(h)        the substitution for Schedule 11 (as substituted by article 25 of the Regulations of 2006) thereto of the Schedule set out in Schedule 11.

Increase for qualified adult

9. The Principal Regulations are amended -

(a)        in article 38(3) (as amended by article 7 of the Regulations of 2005) by substituting “€129.80” for “€116.30” and “€113.10” for “107.70”,

(b)        in article 41(3) (as amended by article 7 of the Regulations of 2005) by substituting “€129.80” for “€116.30” and “€113.10” for “€107.70”,

(c)        by the substitution for Schedule 4 (inserted by article 25 of the Regulations of 2006) thereto of the Schedule set out in Schedule 4,

(d)        by the substitution for Schedule 5 (inserted by article 25 of the Regulations of 2006) thereto of the Schedule set out in Schedule 5,

(e)        by the substitution for Schedule 6 (inserted by article 25 of the Regulations of 2006) thereto of the Schedule set out in Schedule 6,

(f)          by the substitution for Schedule 12 (as substituted by article 25 of the Regulations of 2006) thereto of the Schedule set out in Schedule 12,

(g)        by the substitution for Schedule 13 (as substituted by article 25 of the Regulations of 2006) thereto of the Schedule set out in Schedule 13, and

(h)        by the substitution for Schedule 14 (inserted by article 25 of the Regulations of 2005) thereto of the Schedule set out in Schedule 14.

SCHEDULE 1

“SCHEDULE 1

Articles 18, 25B and 30

Reduced rates of Illness, Health and Safety and Jobseeker's Benefits

Amount of reckonable weekly earnings

Weekly Rate

Increase for Qualified Adult (where payable)

 

(1)

(2)

(3)

32.00 to 44.43

83.50

79.90

44.44 to 63.48

120.00

79.90

63.49 to 88.87

145.60

79.90

 

 

”.

 

SCHEDULE 2

“SCHEDULE 2

Articles 18, 25B and 30

Reduced rates of Illness, Health and Safety and Jobseeker's Benefits

Amount of reckonable weekly earnings

Weekly Rate

Increase for Qualified Adult (where payable)

 

(1)

(2)

(3)

32.00 to 79.99

83.50

79.90

80.00 to 124.99

120.00

79.90

125.00 to 149.99

145.60

79.90

 

 

”.

 

SCHEDULE 3

“SCHEDULE 3

Articles 38 and 41

Reduced rates of State Pension (Contributory) where contribution conditions are partially satisfied and increases for qualified adult

Yearly Average

Weekly Rate

Increase for Qualified Adult (under 66)

Increase for Qualified Adult (over 66)

 

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

 

20 to 47

205.20

139.50

173.00

15 to 19

157.00

104.60

129.80

10 to 14

104.70

69.80

86.50

5 to 9

52.30

34.90

43.30

 

 

 

”.

 

SCHEDULE 4

“SCHEDULE 4

Articles 6D, 38 and 41

Rates of tapered qualified adult allowance payable with rates of State Pension (Contributory) and State Pension (Transition) where the qualified adult has attained pensionable age

Spouse's earnings:

Yearly Average

48-52

Yearly Average

20-47

Yearly Average

15-19

Yearly Average

10-14

Yearly Average

5-9

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

(6)

 

Less than or equal to €100.00

173.00

173.00

129.80

86.50

43.30

Exceed €100.01 but do not exceed €110.00

163.90

163.90

123.00

82.00

41.10

Exceed €110.01 but do not exceed €120.00

154.80

154.80

116.20

77.50

38.90

Exceed €120.01 but do not exceed €130.00

145.70

145.70

109.40

73.00

36.70

Exceed €130.01 but do not exceed €140.00

136.60

136.60

102.60

68.50

34.50

Exceed €140.01 but do not exceed €150.00

127.50

127.50

95.80

64.00

32.30

Exceed €150.01 but do not exceed €160.00

118.40

118.40

89.00

59.50

30.10

Exceed €160.01 but do not exceed €170.00

109.30

109.30

82.20

55.00

27.90

Exceed €170.01 but do not exceed €180.00

100.20

100.20

75.40

50.50

25.70

Exceed €180.01 but do not exceed €190.00

91.10

91.10

68.60

46.00

23.50

Exceed €190.01 but do not exceed €200.00

82.00

82.00

61.80

41.50

21.30

Exceed €200.01 but do not exceed €210.00

72.90

72.90

55.00

37.00

19.10

Exceed €210.01 but do not exceed €220.00

63.80

63.80

48.20

32.50

16.90

Exceed €220.01 but do not exceed €230.00

54.70

54.70

41.40

28.00

14.70

Exceed €230.01 but do not exceed €240.00

45.60

45.60

34.60

23.50

12.50

Exceed €240.01 but do not exceed €250.00

36.50

36.50

27.80

19.00

10.30

Exceed €250.01 but do not exceed €260.00

27.40

27.40

21.00

14.50

8.10

Exceed €260.01 but do not exceed €270.00

18.30

18.30

14.20

10.00

5.90

Exceed €270.01 but do not exceed €280.00

9.20

9.20

7.40

5.50

3.70

Exceed €280.01

nil

nil

nil

nil

nil

 

 

 

 

 

.”

SCHEDULE 5

“SCHEDULE 5

Articles 6D, 38 & 41

Rates of tapered qualified adult allowance payable with rates of State Pension (Contributory) and State Pension (Transition) where the qualified adult has not attained pensionable age

Spouse's earnings:

Yearly Average 48-52

Yearly Average 20-47

Yearly Average 15-19

Yearly Average 10-14

Yearly Average 5-9

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

(6)

 

Less than or equal to €100.00

139.50

139.50

104.60

69.80

34.90

Exceed €100.01 but do not exceed €110.00

132.20

132.20

99.10

66.20

33.10

Exceed €110.01 but do not exceed €120.00

124.90

124.90

93.60

62.60

31.30

Exceed €120.01 but do not exceed €130.00

117.60

117.60

88.10

59.00

29.50

Exceed €130.01 but do not exceed €140.00

110.30

110.30

82.60

55.40

27.70

Exceed €140.01 but do not exceed €150.00

103.00

103.00

77.10

51.80

25.90

Exceed €150.01 but do not exceed €160.00

95.70

95.70

71.60

48.20

24.10

Exceed €160.01 but do not exceed €170.00

88.40

88.40

66.10

44.60

22.30

Exceed €170.01 but do not exceed €180.00

81.10

81.10

60.60

41.00

20.50

Exceed €180.01 but do not exceed €190.00

73.80

73.80

55.10

37.40

18.70

Exceed €190.01 but do not exceed €200.00

66.50

66.50

49.60

33.80

16.90

Exceed €200.01 but do not exceed €210.00

59.20

59.20

44.10

30.20

15.10

Exceed €210.01 but do not exceed €220.00

51.90

51.90

38.60

26.60

13.30

Exceed €220.01 but do not exceed €230.00

44.60

44.60

33.10

23.00

11.50

Exceed €230.01 but do not exceed €240.00

37.30

37.30

27.60

19.40

9.70

Exceed €240.01 but do not exceed €250.00

30.00

30.00

22.10

15.80

7.90

Exceed €250.01 but do not exceed €260.00

22.70

22.70

16.60

12.20

6.10

Exceed €260.01 but do not exceed €270.00

15.40

15.40

11.10

8.60

4.30

Exceed €270.01 but do not exceed €280.00

8.10

8.10

5.60

5.00

2.50

Exceed €280.01

nil

nil

nil

nil

nil

 

 

 

 

 

.”

SCHEDULE 6

“SCHEDULE 6

Articles 38 & 41

Rates of tapered qualified adult allowance payable with State Pension (Contributory) and State Pension (Transition) where beneficiary was entitled to or in receipt of a qualified adult allowance on 5 April 2001

Spouse's earnings:

Increase for Qualified Adult (over 66)

Increase for Qualified Adult (under 66)

 

(1)

(2)

(3)

 

Less than or equal to €100.00

129.80

113.10

Exceed €100.01 but do not exceed €110.00

122.80

107.00

Exceed €110.01 but do not exceed €120.00

115.80

100.90

Exceed €120.01 but do not exceed €130.00

108.80

94.80

Exceed €130.01 but do not exceed €140.00

101.80

88.70

Exceed €140.01 but do not exceed €150.00

94.80

82.60

Exceed €150.01 but do not exceed €160.00

87.80

76.50

Exceed €160.01 but do not exceed €170.00

80.80

70.40

Exceed €170.01 but do not exceed €180.00

73.80

64.30

Exceed €180.01 but do not exceed €190.00

66.80

58.20

Exceed €190.01 but do not exceed €200.00

59.80

52.10

Exceed €200.01 but do not exceed €210.00

52.80

46.00

Exceed €210.01 but do not exceed €220.00

45.80

39.90

Exceed €220.01 but do not exceed €230.00

38.80

33.80

Exceed €230.01 but do not exceed €240.00

31.80

27.70

Exceed €240.01 but do not exceed €250.00

24.80

21.60

Exceed €250.01 but do not exceed €260.00

17.80

15.50

Exceed €260.01 but do not exceed €270.00

10.80

9.40

Exceed €270.01 but do not exceed €280.00

3.80

3.30

Exceed €280.01

nil

nil

 

 

.”

 

SCHEDULE 7

“SCHEDULE 7

Article 47

Reduced rates of State Pension (Transition) where contribution conditions are partially satisfied

Yearly Average

Weekly Rate

 

(1)

(2)

 

24 to 47

205.20

 

.”

 

SCHEDULE 8

“SCHEDULE 8

Article 56, 57, 64 and 65

Reduced rates of Widow's (Contributory) Pension, Widower's (Contributory) Pension and a payment by virtue of paragraph (a) in the definition of “relevant payment” in section 178 where contribution conditions are partially satisfied

Yearly Average

Weekly Rate (under 66)

Weekly Rate (over 66)

 

(1)

(2)

(3)

 

36 to 47

188.60

205.90

24 to 35

185.80

200.30

18 to 23

137.60

150.20

12 to 17

90.70

99.70

5 to 11

45.90

49.90

 

 

.”

 

SCHEDULE 9

“SCHEDULE 9

Article 66(1)(a)

Payment by virtue of paragraph (a) in the definition of “relevant payment” in section 178-effect of income limit

Aggregate of reckonable income and reckonable earnings

Weekly Rate (under 66)

Weekly Rate (over 66)

 

(1)

(2)

(3)

Exceeds 12,698 but does not exceed 13,968

153.00

167.40

Exceeds 13,968 but does not exceed 15,237

114.80

125.60

Exceeds 15,237 but does not exceed 16,507

76.50

83.70

Exceeds 16,507 but does not exceed 17,777

38.30

41.90

 

 

.”

 

SCHEDULE 10

“SCHEDULE 10

Articles 66(1)(b) and 66(1)(c)

Payment by virtue of paragraph (a) in the definition of “relevant payment” in section 178 - reduced rates payable where contribution conditions are partially satisfied and effect of income limit where claimant is under 66

Aggregate of reckonable income and reckonable earnings

Yearly Average 5 to 11

Yearly Average 12 to 17

Yearly Average 18 to 23

Yearly Average 24 to 35

Yearly Average 36 to 47

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

(6)

Exceeds 12,698 but does not exceed 13,968

36.70

72.60

110.10

148.60

150.90

Exceeds 13,968 but does not exceed 15,237

27.50

54.40

82.60

111.50

113.20

Exceeds 15,237 but does not exceed 16,507

18.40

36.30

55.00

74.30

75.40

Exceeds 16,507 but does not exceed 17,777

9.20

18.10

27.50

37.20

37.70

 

 

 

 

 

.”

SCHEDULE 11

“SCHEDULE 11

Articles 66(1)(b) and 66(1)(d)

Payment by virtue of paragraph (a) in the definition of “relevant payment” in section 178-reduced rates payable where contribution conditions are partially satisfied and effect of income limit where claimant is over 66

Aggregate of reckonable income and reckonable earnings

Yearly Average 5 to 11

Yearly Average 12 to 17

Yearly Average 18 to 23

Yearly Average 24 to 35

Yearly Average 36 to 47

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

(6)

Exceeds 12,698 but does not exceed 13,968

39.90

79.80

120.20

160.20

164.70

Exceeds 13,968 but does not exceed 15,237

29.90

59.80

90.10

120.20

123.50

Exceeds 15,237 but does not exceed 16,507

20.00

39.90

60.10

80.10

82.40

Exceeds 16,507 but does not exceed 17,777

10.00

19.90

30.00

40.10

41.20

 

 

 

 

.”

 

SCHEDULE 12

“SCHEDULE 12

Article 6C

Rates of increases for Qualified Adult payable with Illness Benefit, Jobseeker's Benefit, Injury Benefit, Incapacity Supplement, Jobseeker's Allowance, Pre-Retirement Allowance, Disability Allowance or Farm Assist

Qualified Adult weekly income, calculated or estimated in accordance with article 6B

Increase in respect of Qualified Adult

 

(1)

(2)

 

Less than or equal to €100.00

123.30

Exceed €100.01 but do not exceed €110.00

117.90

Exceed €110.01 but do not exceed €120.00

112.50

Exceed €120.01 but do not exceed €130.00

106.00

Exceed €130.01 but do not exceed €140.00

99.50

Exceed €140.01 but do not exceed €150.00

93.00

Exceed €150.01 but do not exceed €160.00

86.50

Exceed €160.01 but do not exceed €170.00

80.00

Exceed €170.01 but do not exceed €180.00

73.50

Exceed €180.01 but do not exceed €190.00

67.00

Exceed €190.01 but do not exceed €200.00

60.50

Exceed €200.01 but do not exceed €210.00

54.00

Exceed €210.01 but do not exceed €220.00

47.50

Exceed €220.01 but do not exceed €230.00

41.00

Exceed €230.01 but do not exceed €240.00

34.50

Exceed €240.01 but do not exceed €250.00

28.00

Exceed €250.01 but do not exceed €260.00

21.50

Exceed €260.01 but do not exceed €270.00

15.00

Exceed €270.01 but do not exceed €280.00

8.50

Exceed €280.01

nil

 

.”

 

SCHEDULE 13

“SCHEDULE 13

Articles 18 and 30

Rates of increases for Qualified Adult, payable with reduced rates of Illness and Jobseeker's Benefit

Qualified Adult weekly income, calculated or estimated in accordance with article 6B

Increase in respect of Qualified Adult

 

(1)

(2)

 

Less than or equal to €100.00

79.90

Exceed €100.01 but do not exceed €110.00

75.80

Exceed €110.01 but do not exceed €120.00

71.70

Exceed €120.01 but do not exceed €130.00

67.60

Exceed €130.01 but do not exceed €140.00

63.50

Exceed €140.01 but do not exceed €150.00

59.40

Exceed €150.01 but do not exceed €160.00

55.30

Exceed €160.01 but do not exceed €170.00

51.20

Exceed €170.01 but do not exceed €180.00

47.10

Exceed €180.01 but do not exceed €190.00

43.00

Exceed €190.01 but do not exceed €200.00

38.90

Exceed €200.01 but do not exceed €210.00

34.80

Exceed €210.01 but do not exceed €220.00

30.70

Exceed €220.01 but do not exceed €230.00

26.60

Exceed €230.01 but do not exceed €240.00

22.50

Exceed €240.01 but do not exceed €250.00

18.40

Exceed €250.01 but do not exceed €260.00

14.30

Exceed €260.01 but do not exceed €270.00

10.20

Exceed €270.01 but do not exceed €280.00

6.10

Exceed €280.01

nil

 

.”

 

SCHEDULE 14

“SCHEDULE 14

Article 6E

Rates of increases for Qualified Adult payable with Invalidity Pension

Qualified Adult weekly income, calculated or estimated in accordance with article 6B

Increase in respect of Qualified Adult (under 66)

Increase in respect of Qualified Adult (over 66)

 

(1)

(2)

(3)

 

Less than or equal to €100.00

136.50

173.00

Exceed €100.01 but do not exceed €110.00

129.40

163.90

Exceed €110.01 but do not exceed €120.00

122.30

154.80

Exceed €120.01 but do not exceed €130.00

115.20

145.70

Exceed €130.01 but do not exceed €140.00

108.10

136.60

Exceed €140.01 but do not exceed €150.00

101.00

127.50

Exceed €150.01 but do not exceed €160.00

93.90

118.40

Exceed €160.01 but do not exceed €170.00

86.80

109.30

Exceed €170.01 but do not exceed €180.00

79.70

100.20

Exceed €180.01 but do not exceed €190.00

72.60

91.10

Exceed €190.01 but do not exceed €200.00

65.50

82.00

Exceed €200.01 but do not exceed €210.00

58.40

72.90

Exceed €210.01 but do not exceed €220.00

51.30

63.80

Exceed €220.01 but do not exceed €230.00

44.20

54.70

Exceed €230.01 but do not exceed €240.00

37.10

45.60

Exceed €240.01 but do not exceed €250.00

30.00

36.50

Exceed €250.01 but do not exceed €260.00

22.90

27.40

Exceed €260.01 but do not exceed €270.00

15.80

18.30

Exceed €270.01 but do not exceed €280.00

8.70

9.20

Exceed €280.01

nil

nil

 

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GIVEN under the Official Seal of the Minister for Social and Family Affairs this 11th day of December, 2006.

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SÉAMUS BRENNAN

 

 

Minister for Social and Family Affairs.

The Minister for Finance hereby consents to the making of the foregoing regulations.

 

 

GIVEN under the Official Seal of the Minister for Finance this 20th day of December, 2006.

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BRIAN COWEN

Minister for Finance.

EXPLANATORY NOTE

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

The Social Welfare Act 2006 provides for increases in the maximum rates of social insurance payments arising from Budget 2007.

These regulations provide for increases in the reduced rates of Illness Benefit, Jobseeker's Benefit, Health and Safety Benefit, State Pension (Contributory), State Pension (Transition), Widow's and Widower's (Contributory) Pension and Deserted Wife's Benefit, and also provides for increases in the rates of tapered increases in respect of Qualified Adults.All of these increases are effective from the first week in January 2007.

The regulations provide for increases in the minimum weekly rate of Maternity Benefit and Adoptive Benefit, with effect from January 2007.

The Social Welfare Act 2003 provided that, with effect from the 19th January 2004, any increase for a qualified child applicable to jobseeker's benefit, illness benefit, injury benefit and health and safety benefit will only be payable where the weekly income of the spouse or partner of the claimant does not exceed a prescribed amount. These regulations provide for increasing that amount to €400 per week.

These Regulations also provide for the disregard of €200 per week in earnings from employment when calculating means for the purposes of the State Pension (Non-Contributory).