Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006

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Short title, construction, collective citation and commencement.

1.— (1) This Act may be cited as the Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006.

(2) The Social Welfare Acts and sections 1 to 37 of this Act shall be read together as one.

(3) Sections 38 to 44 of this Act and the Pensions Acts 1990 to 2005 may be cited together as the Pensions Acts 1990 to 2006.

(4) Sections 4 , 5 , 6 , 9 to 14 , 16 to 27 , 31 and 33 and Part 3 of this Act shall come into operation on such day or days as the Minister may appoint by order or orders either generally or with reference to any particular purpose or provision, and different days may be so appointed for different purposes or different provisions.

Annotations:

Editorial Notes:

The commencement dates for this Act are complex. The table linked from the Act at

www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/isbc/2006_5.html sets out the commencement status of the sections in order.

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Power pursuant to subs. (4) exercised (17.09.2007) by Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 (Section 39) (Commencement) Order 2007 (S.I. No. 631 of 2007).

Commencement.

2. The 17th day of September 2007 is appointed as the day on which section 39 (in so far as it inserts section 3A into the Pensions Act 1990 (No. 25 of 1990)) of the Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 (No. 5 of 2006) comes into operation.

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Power pursuant to subs. (4) exercised (2.04.2007) by Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 ( Section 42) (Commencement) Order 2007 (S.I. No. 136 of 2007).

Commencement.

2. The 2nd day of April 2007 is appointed as the day on which section 42 of the Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 comes into operation.

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Power pursuant to section exercised (28.07.2006, 28.09.2006, 29.09.2006, 2.10.2006, 4.10.2006, 5.10.2006) by Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 (Sections 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25) (Commencement) Order 2006 (S.I. No. 334 of 2006)

Commencement.

2. (a) The 28th day of July, 2006 is appointed as the day on which sections 4(1), in so far as it relates to orphan’s (contributory) allowance and orphan’s (non-contributory pension, 4(4) and 4(5) and items 8 to 14 of Schedule 1 of the Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 (No. 5 of 2006), come into operation.

(b) The 28th day of September, 2006 is appointed as the day on which sections 4(1) in so far as it relates to retirement pension, 4(6), 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 and item 3 of Schedule 1 of the Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 (No. 5 of 2006), come into operation.

(c) The 29th day of September, 2006 is appointed as the day on which sections 4(1) in so far as it relates to old age (contributory) pension, 4(3), 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 23, 24 and 25 and items 1 and 2 of Schedule 1 of the Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006, come into operation.

(d) The 2nd day of October, 2006 is appointed as the day on which sections 4(1), in so far as it relates to disability benefit and unemployability supplement, 4(2) and 4(9 and items 7 and 15 of Schedule 1 of the Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 , come into operation.

(e) The 4th day of October, 2006 is appointed as the day on which section 4(1), in so far as it applies to unemployment assistance, and 4(8) and items 4 and 5 of Schedule 1 of the Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 , come into operation.

(f) The 5th day of October, 2006 is appointed as the day on which section 4(1), in so far as it applies to unemployment benefit, and 4(7) and item 6 of Schedule 1 of the Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 , come into operation.

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Power pursuant to section exercised (8.05.2006, 28.07.2006) by Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 (Sections 4(4), 4(5), 31 and 33) (Commencement) Order 2006 (S.I. No. 246 of 2006).

Commencement.

2. (a) The 8th day of May is appointed as the day on which sections 31 and 33 of the Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 (No. 5 of 2006), come into operation; and

(b) the 28th day of July 2006 is appointed as the day on which sections 4(4) and 4(5) and items 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 of Schedule 1 of the Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 (No. 5 of 2006), come into operation.

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Power pursuant to subs. (4) exercised (24.07.2006) by Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 (Section 40) (Commencement) Order 2006 (S.I. No. 437 of 2006).

Commencement.

2. The 24th day of July 2006 is appointed as the day on which section 40 of the Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 comes into operation.

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Power pursuant to subs. (4) exercised (30.06.2006) by Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 (Item 6 of Schedule 8) (Commencement) Order 2006 (S.I. No. 357 of 2006).

Commencement.

2. Item 6 of Schedule 8 of the Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 (No. 5 of 2006) comes into operation on 30 June 2006.

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Power pursuant to section exercised (24.4.2006, 29.05.2006, 30.05.2006) by Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 (Sections 26 and 27) (Commencement) Order 2006 (S.I. No. 206 of 2006).

Commencement.

(a) The 24th day of April 2006 is appointed as the day on which section 26 of the Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 (No. 5 of 2006), comes into operation;

(b) The 29th day of May 2006 is appointed as the day on which section 27 of the Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006, in so far as it relates to one-parent family payment (other than where payable in respect of a widow or widower comes into operation; and

(c) The 30th day of May is appointed as the day on which section 27 of the Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006, in so far as it relates to one-parent family payment payable in respect of a widow or widower, comes into operation.

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Power pursuant to subs. (4) exercised (24.05.2006) by Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 (Part 3) (Commencement) Order 2006 (S.I. No. 291 of 2006).

Commencement.

2. Part 3 of the Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 (No. 5 of 2006) comes into operation as follows -

(a) sections 38, 41 and 43 and

(b) section 44 (in so far as it relates to items 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 9 and 10 of Schedule 8 of the Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006),

on 24 May 2006.

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Power pursuant to subs. (4) exercised (12.04.2006) by Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 (Section 39 (in so far as it Inserts Section 3B into the Pensions Act 1990)) (Commencement) Order 2006 (S.I. No. 169 of 2006)

Commencement.

2. The 12th day of April 2006 is appointed as the day on which, section 39 (in so far as it inserts section 3B into the Pensions Act 1990 ) of the Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 (No. 5 of 2006), comes into operation.

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Power pursuant to section exercised (1.01.2006) by Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 (Sections 5 and 6) (Commencement) Order 2006 (S.I. No. 205 of 2006).

Commencement.

The 1st day of January, 2006 is appointed as the day on which sections 5 and 6 of the Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Act 2006 (No. 5 of 2006), come into operation.