Social Welfare Act, 1996

Pre-retirement allowance.

25.—(1) Section 127 of the Principal Act is hereby amended by the substitution for subsection (1)(c) (inserted by section 22 (7) of this Act) of the following subsection:

“(c) (i) who has been in receipt of unemployment benefit or unemployment assistance in respect of not less than 390 days of unemployment in any continuous period of unemployment in the immediately preceding period as construed in accordance with section 120(3), or

(ii) being a separated spouse, has not engaged in remunerative employment or self-employment at any time in such preceding period as may be prescribed.”.

(2) Section 129 of the Principal Act is hereby amended by the insertion after paragraph (a) of the following paragraph:

“(aa) specify the circumstances in which a person is to be regarded as a separated spouse for the purposes of section 127(1)(c)(ii),”.