Social Welfare (Consolidation) Act, 1981

Single woman's allowance.

[1974 (No. 2), s. 8]

198.—(1) A single woman's allowance shall, subject to regulations, be paid to a woman—

(a) who is single,

(b) who has attained the age of 58 years but has not attained pensionable age, and

(c) who satisfies the conditions as to means specified for the purposes of this subsection by regulations.

[1980, s. 13]

(2) A single woman's allowance shall be payable—

(a) where her weekly means do not exceed £1, at the weekly rate set out in column (2) of Part I of the Fourth Schedule , and

(b) where her weekly means exceed £1, at that rate reduced by the amount set out in column (2) of Part II of the Fourth Schedule for each amount (if any) of £1 by which those weekly means exceed £1, any fraction of £1 in those weekly means being treated for this purpose as £1: provided that, if the rate calculated pursuant to this paragraph at which, but for this proviso, the allowance would be payable is less than 50p, the allowance shall not be payable.

(3) The Minister may make regulations in relation to a single woman's allowance and the 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 Parts I , II and VIII .