Social Welfare Act, 1970

Old age (care) allowance.

21.—(1) An allowance (in this section referred to as an old age (care) allowance) at the rate of £2 15s. 0d. per week shall be paid out of moneys provided by the Oireachtas to a person who has attained the age of seventy years in respect of any period during which—

(a) such person is so incapacitated as to require full-time care and attention,

(b) there is residing with such person for the purpose of providing that care and attention a female relative of such person (being a relative specified for the purposes of this subsection by regulations),

(c) such conditions as may be specified for the purposes of this subsection by regulations are fulfilled, and

(d) the yearly means of such person calculated in accordance with the Rules for the Calculation of Means in the Seventh Schedule to the Act of 1952, applicable in the case of a claimant to pension under the Old Age Pensions Acts, 1908 to 1970, do not exceed £299 15s.

(2) The Minister may make regulations with respect to old age (care) allowances and such regulations may, in particular and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, apply (with or without modification), or make provisions corresponding (with or without modification) to, any provisions of or made under the Act of 1952 and the Acts amending and extending that Act.

(3) Section 3 (other than subsection (4)) of the Act of 1952 shall be construed and have effect as if—

(a) references therein to a power to make regulations included references to a power to make regulations under this or the next section, and

(b) references therein to regulations included references to any regulations under this or the next section.