JAMAICA SOCIAL WELFARE COMMISSION ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   1   Short title

 

Preliminary

   2   Interpretation

 

Constitution and Functions of Commission

   3   Constitution of Commission

   4   Interpretation of Commission

   5   Procedure and meetings of Commission

   6   Appointment of officers and servants

   7   Functions of the Commission

   8   Power of Minister to give directions to Commission

   9   Protection of the Commission

   10   Protection of members of the Commission

   11   Expenses of the Commission

   12   Accounts to be kept and audited

   13   Annual report and estimates

   14   Regulations

 

THE JAMAICA SOCIAL WELFARE COMMISSION ACT

[Date of Commencement: 1st December, 1958]

Law 33 of 1958.

Acts
34 of 1963,
15 of 1965.

LN 176/1965.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Jamaica Social Welfare Commission Act.

Preliminary

2   Interpretation

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-

   "chairman" means the chairman of the Commission and includes any person appointed to act as chairman of the Commission;

   "Commission" means the body referred to, in section 3;

[15/1965 s 3(a).]

   "functions" includes powers and duties;

[15/1965 s 3(b).]

   "the Jamaica Youth Corps" means the organisation established under that name by the Government of Jamaica during the month of August, 1955, for the training of young persons in community living and service, and agricultural pursuits and skills ancillary thereto;

   "member" means a member of the Commission and includes the chairman;

   "secretary" means the secretary of the Commission;

   "young person" means a person who has attained the age of fifteen years and is not over the age of twenty-five years.

[15/1965 s 3(b).]

Constitution and Functions of Commission

3   Constitution of Commission

   (1) The Jamaica Social Welfare Commission established by subsection (1) of section 3 of the Jamaica Social Welfare Commission Law (now repealed) shall continue to exist with the constitution, powers and duties set out in this Act and shall consist of a chairman and not less than two nor more than nine other members appointed by the Minister.

[34/1963 s 3.]

   (2) The appointment of every member of the Commission shall be evidenced by an instrument in writing, and such instrument shall state the period of office of the member which shall not exceed three years.

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   (3) Every member shall be eligible for reappointment.

   (4) The Minister may at any time revoke the appointment of any member of the Commission if he thinks it expedient so to do.

   (5) The Minister may on the application of any member grant to such member leave of absence for any period not exceeding six months.

   (6) If the chairman is granted leave of absence in accordance with the provisions of subsection (5) or is unable to act, the Minister may appoint a person, whether or not such person is already a member of the Commission, to act temporarily in the place of the chairman.

   (7) If any member other than the chairman is granted leave of absence in accordance with the provisions of subsection (5) or has been appointed to act as chairman, the Minister may appoint a suitable person to act temporarily in place of such member.

   (8) The chairman may at any time resign his office by instrument in writing addressed to the Minister and such resignation shall take effect as from the date of the receipt by the Minister of such instrument.

   (9) Any member of the Commission other than the chairman may at any time resign his office by instrument in writing addressed to the Minister and transmitted through the chairman and, upon the date of the receipt by the chairman of such instrument, such member shall cease to be a member of the Commission.

   (10) The appointment, revocation of appointment departure from the Island, resignation or death of any member of the Commission shall be notified in the Gazette.

   (11) From and after the 1st July, 1965, the Commission shall be known as the Social Development Commission.

[15/1965 s 4; LN 176/1965.]

4   Incorporation of Commission

   (1) The Commission shall be a body corporate having perpetual succession and a common seal, and shall have power to purchase, hold and dispose of land, shares and other property of whatsoever kind whether similar to the foregoing or not for the purposes of this Act.

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