Written Answers. - Pension Title Change.

Theresa Ahearn

Question:

184 Mrs. T. Ahearn asked the Minister for Social Welfare if he will consider changing the title of the old age pension to a senior citizen's pension; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8662/96]

Proposals arise from time to time to change the titles of social welfare payments or to adapt them to changing usage in society. However, while I am open to considering all such suggestions, I am not aware of any particular problems with the pension in question which would justify the cost and the legal and administrative changes involved in changing its title to a senior citizen pension. I might also point out that citizenship is not a requirement of social welfare pensions.