Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2002

Unemployment assistance and pre-retirement allowance — linking provisions.

6.—(1) Section 120(5) (as amended by section 30 of the Act of 1997) of the Principal Act is amended—

(a) in paragraph (g), by deleting “or”, and

(b) by substituting the following for paragraph (h):

“(h) participation in, employment under or attendance at a prescribed scheme or course, or

(i) receipt of or entitlement to pre-retirement allowance,”.

(2) Section 127 (inserted by section 18 of the Act of 1998) of the Principal Act is amended by inserting the following after subsection (4):

“(5) For the purposes of subsection (6), any two periods of retirement not separated by more than 52 weeks shall be treated as one continuous period of retirement.

(6) Subsection (1)(c) shall not apply in the case of a claim to pre-retirement allowance made by a person in respect of a period of retirement which is a continuous period of retirement as construed in accordance with subsection (5).”.

(3) This section comes into operation on 27 March 2002.