Social Welfare and Pensions Act 2009

5.

Jobseeker’s benefit — amendments.

5.— The Principal Act is amended—

( a) in section 62(5) (as amended by section 4 and Schedule 1 of the Act of 2006) by substituting the following paragraph for paragraph ( a):

“( a) a day shall not be treated in relation to an insured person as a day of unemployment unless on that day—

(i) he or she is capable of work,

(ii) he or she is, or by reason of his or her participation in an activity prescribed for the purposes of this subsection and subject to the conditions that may be prescribed, is deemed to be, or is exempted from being required to be, available for employment,

(iii) he or she is genuinely seeking, but is unable to obtain, employment suitable for him or her having regard to his or her age, physique, education, normal occupation, place of residence and family circumstances, and

(iv) he or she participates, or agrees to participate as the case may be, if requested to do so by an officer of the Minister in a course of education, training or development which is considered appropriate by the officer having regard to the training and education needs of the person and his or her personal circumstances,”,

and

( b) in section 67 by inserting the following subsection after subsection (9) (as amended by section 4 and Schedule 1 of the Act of 2006):

“(10) For the purposes of this section, where a person receives a payment in respect of a scheme administered by the Minister and known as the Short Term Enterprise Allowance Scheme in respect of any week of unemployment, which includes any day in respect of which that person is entitled to jobseeker’s benefit, any day of unemployment in that week shall be treated as though it were a day in respect of which jobseeker’s benefit was paid.”.