S.I. No. 180 of 2015


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S.I. No. 180 of 2015.

SOCIAL WELFARE (CONSOLIDATED CLAIMS, PAYMENTS AND CONTROL) (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) (BACK TO WORK FAMILY DIVIDEND) REGULATIONS 20155

EXPLANATORY NOTE

Sections 8 and 14 of the Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015 set out the legislative basis for the Back to Work Family Dividend. This Dividend will provide a financial incentive to jobseekers and recipients of One-Parent Family Payment who have children and who cease claiming their social welfare payment on account of that person, or where appropriate, that person's spouse, civil partner or cohabitant, taking up employment, increasing the number of hours worked or taking up self-employment.

These Regulations facilitate the introduction of the Back to Work Family Dividend by prescribing a range of matters for the purposes of the operation of this Dividend.

In particular, these Regulations—

  • prescribe additional employment, work placement and education schemes for the purposes of the definition of a qualifying scheme in section 238A, e.g. the Jobs Initiative Scheme, the Work Placement Programme, the Youth Developmental Internship and the Back to Education Allowance,
  • require an employer of a person applying for the Back to Work Family Dividend to provide relevant information for the purposes of determining eligibility for the Dividend,
  • exempt any income received by way of the Back to Work Family Dividend for the purposes of calculating weekly family income under the Family Income Supplement scheme.

In addition, these Regulations make provision for—

  • the time and manner in which claims for the Dividend are to be made,
  • the time and manner in which the Dividend will be paid,
  • payment in respect of loss of purchasing power where there is a delay in the payment of the Dividend, and
  • the manner in which an overpayment of the Dividend can be recovered by deduction from other social welfare payments and vice versa.
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