S.I. No. 244/2009 - Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2008 (Part 4) (Commencement) Order 2009


S.I. No. 244 of 2009

SOCIAL WELFARE (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) ACT 2008 (PART 4) (COMMENCEMENT) ORDER 2009

Notice of the making of this Statutory Instrument was published in

“Iris Oifigiúil” of 3rd July, 2009.

The Minister for Social and Family Affairs, in exercise of the powers conferred on her by section 1(6) of the Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2008 (No. 22 of 2008), hereby orders as follows:

1. This Order may be cited as the Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2008 (Part 4) (Commencement) Order 2009.

2. The 13th day of July 2009 is appointed as the day on which Part 4 of the Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2008 (No. 22 of 2008) comes into operation.

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GIVEN under the Official Seal of the Minister for Social and Family Affairs,

30 June 2009

MARY HANAFIN

Minister for Social and Family Affairs.

EXPLANATORY NOTE

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

This Order provides for the Commencement of Part 4 of the Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2008.

Part 4 amends the Citizens Information Acts 2000 and 2007 to extend the functions of the Citizens Information Board to include the provision of the Money Advice and Budgeting Service and related responsibilities. These include, promoting and developing the MABS, providing information about the service and public education about money management. Part 4 makes provision for the Citizens Information Board to compile data, undertake research and provide advice and information to the Minster in relation to the MABS. It provides that the Board may provide financial assistance to MABS and that it may set terms and conditions for such funding. Provision is also made for the transfer of certain rights and liabilities, in relation to the MABS, from the Minister for Social and Family Affairs to the Citizens Information Board.

This part comes into effect on 13 July 2009.