Social Welfare (No. 2) Act, 1985

Amendment of section 2 of Principal Act (interpretation generally).

3.—Section 2 of the Principal Act is hereby amended by the substitution in subsection (1) for the definition of “adult dependant” of the following definition:

“‘adult dependant’, subject to section 199, means in relation to any person—

(a) a spouse who is wholly or mainly maintained by that person but does not include—

(i) a spouse in employment (other than employment specified in paragraphs 4, 5 or 10 of Part II of the First Schedule), or

(ii) a spouse who is self-employed,


(iii) a spouse who is entitled to, or is in receipt of, any pension, benefit, assistance or allowance (other than supplementary welfare allowance) under Parts II or III of this Act, or disabled person's maintenance allowance under section 69 of the Health Act, 1970 , or

(b) a person over the age of 16 years being wholly or mainly maintained by that person and having the care of one or more than one qualified child who normally resides with that person where that person is—

(i) a single person, or

(ii) a widow, or

(iii) a widower, or

(iv) a married person who is not living with and is neither wholly or mainly maintaining, nor being wholly or mainly maintained by, such married person's spouse, or

(c) such person as the Minister, with the consent of the Minister for Finance, may by regulations specify to be an adult dependant for the purposes of this Act;”.