Social Welfare (Consolidation) Act, 1981

Regulations as to payment of contributions by stamps, etc.

[1942 IU, s. 24; 1952, s. 122]

247.—(1) The Minister may make regulations providing for any matters incidental to the payment and collection of weekly contributions and in particular for—

(a) the payment of weekly contributions by means of adhesive stamps (in this Part referred to as supplementary insurance stamps) affixed to books or cards (in this Part respectively referred to as supplementary unemployment books and supplementary unemployment cards) or otherwise, and for regulating the manner, times and conditions in, at and under which supplementary insurance stamps are to be affixed or payments are otherwise to be made;

(b) the entry in or upon supplementary unemployment books or cards of particulars of weekly contributions paid in respect of any specified period or of such other particulars as may be required in the case of the persons to whom the supplementary unemployment books or cards relate, and for the acceptance of such entry as sufficient evidence of the number of weekly contributions so paid or of the other particulars so entered;

(c) the application for, and the issue, sale, custody, production and delivery up of supplementary unemployment books or cards and the replacement of supplementary unemployment books or cards which have been lost, destroyed or defaced;

(d) the rendering by employers to the Minister of such particulars relating to persons employed by them as the Minister may require or prescribe.

[1952, s. 122]

(2) Regulations under this section providing for the payment of weekly contributions, at the option of the persons liable to pay, either—

(a) by means of supplementary insurance stamps, or

(b) by some alternative method, the use of which involves greater expense in administration to the departments of State concerned than would be incurred if the contributions were paid by means of supplementary insurance stamps,

may, with the consent of the Minister for Finance, include provision for the payment to the Minister by any person who adopts any alternative method, and for the recovery by the Minister, of the prescribed fees. The Public Offices Fees Act, 1879, shall not apply in respect of such fees and all such fees shall be collected and taken in such manner as the Minister for Finance directs from time to time and shall be paid into or disposed of for the benefit of the Exchequer in accordance with the directions of that Minister.