Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Questions (302)

Seán Fleming

Question:

302. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Social Protection the legislative provisions in respect of her Department that has been passed by the Oireachtas since 2011 but have not come into effect to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24155/14]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

A number of amendments to the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005 which have been enacted since 2011 have still to come into effect and these are set out in the table.

Social Welfare Consolidation Act which have still to come into effect.

Provision

Description

Status

Section 7(1) of the Social Welfare and Pensions Act 2011

Provides for an increase in pensionable age for State pension purposes from 66 to 67 years

Comes into operation on 1 January 2021

Section 7(3) of the Social Welfare and Pensions Act 2011

Provides for an increase in pensionable age for State pension purposes from 67 to 68 years

Comes into operation on 1 January 2028

Section 11 of the Social Welfare Act 2011

Provides for a reduction in the weekly income disregards for the purposes of the one-parent family payment

Reduction in weekly income disregard from €90 to €75 comes into effect from 1 January 2015 and further reduction from €75 to €60 comes into effect from 1 January 2016

Section 14 of the Social Welfare Act 2012

Provides for reduction in qualifying age for youngest child for the purposes of one-parent family payment and for associated saving and transitional provisions

Reduction in qualifying age from 10 years to 7 years comes into effect from 3 July 2014.

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Associated saving and transitional provisions to operate until 2 July 2015

Section 13 of the Social Welfare and Pensions Act 2013

Provides for the recovery of the value of certain illness-related social welfare payments from compensation awards made to persons as a consequence of personal injuries claims

Expected to come into operation within the next two months

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Section 14 of the Social Welfare and Pensions Act 2013 also provides for a related amendment to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board Act 2003

Expected to come into operation within the next two months