Social Welfare Act, 2000

One-parent family payment — saver provision.

24.—(1) Section 18 of the Act of 1996 (as amended by section 23 of the Act of 1999) is amended by the insertion after subsection (5) of the following subsection:

“(6) Notwithstanding the provisions of this Part, in the case of a woman who—

(a) was in receipt of deserted wife's allowance under Chapter 5 of Part III of the Social Welfare (Consolidation) Act, 1981 , and transferred from that scheme to the lone parent's allowance scheme under Chapter 5A (inserted by section 12 of the Social Welfare Act, 1990 ) of Part III of the said Act following the commencement of that Chapter in 1990, and

(b) ceases or has ceased to be entitled to one-parent family payment under Chapter 9 of Part III of the Principal Act by virtue of no longer having at least one qualified child residing with her,

she shall, where but for this Part she would be entitled to a relevant payment under subsection (1)(b), become and continue to be entitled to the said payment, for the duration of her continuous entitlement thereto, in accordance with the Principal Act and regulations made thereunder.”.

(2) This section shall be deemed to have come into operation on 2 January 1997.