Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2002

Disability benefit — linking provisions.

5.—Section 31(3) of the Principal Act is amended by inserting the following after paragraph (d):

“(dd) notwithstanding paragraph (d), in the case of a person who, on or after 1 April 2002, has been in receipt of disability benefit for not less than 1,560 days in respect of a period of incapacity for work and who, within the same period of interruption of employment, has subsequent periods of incapacity for work, any two such subsequent periods of incapacity within that period of interruption of employment not separated by a period of more than 13 weeks shall be treated as one period of incapacity for work,”.