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Social Welfare and Pensions Bill 2013: Compensation Awards

Vote from 25/10/2013

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This section provides for the introduction of new arrangements governing the recovery of certain social welfare benefits where a compensator (typically Insurance Companies) is also paying compensation in respect of the same injury, accident or disease that gave rise to the claim for a social welfare payment.

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Background information

This section provides for the introduction of new arrangements governing the recovery of certain social welfare benefits where a compensator (typically Insurance Companies) is also paying compensation in respect of the same injury, accident or disease that gave rise to the claim for a social welfare payment.

Currently, compensators are entitled to reduce the level of some compensation awards to take account of the value of social welfare payments. These arrangements are being extended to ensure that the funds involved will, in future, have to be refunded to the Department of Social Protection. The measure comprehensively addresses the risk of ‘double compensation’ arising in such cases and it is in line with recommendations made by the Law Reform Commission.

New arrangements for older jobseekers

The Minister is also announcing new provisions for older people who have left work before reaching the State pension age of 66 and who wish to claim a Jobseeker’s payment. Ordinarily, people in receipt of a Jobseeker’s payment must engage with the Department’s activation process and can face penalty rates if they refuse to engage with Department offers of training or education. These criteria will now be eased for people aged 62 and over in light of their contribution to society. They will still be able to avail voluntarily of an array of supports which are available from the Department if they wish to return to work, training or education. However, penalty rates will not be applied to this cohort should they decide they do not wish to engage with the activation process.

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