Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (320)

Eoghan Murphy

Question:

320. Deputy Eoghan Murphy asked the Minister for Social Protection further to Parliamentary Question No. 370 of 18 December 2012, if she will review the case of a person (details supplied) regarding public sector pensions. [9588/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

State pension transition (SPT) is currently payable, for a maximum of 12 months, to people who retire from work after reaching age 65, and who satisfy the eligibility conditions of that scheme.

The Social Welfare and Pensions Act 2011 provided for changes to State pension age, commencing with the abolition of SPT from 1st January 2014, which will standardise the age for payment of a State pension to 66 years. The State pension age will be further increased to 67 years in 2021 and to 68 years in 2028.

From 2014, a person aged 65 and unable to remain in, or find, employment would be entitled to apply for a social welfare payment based on the normal criteria. The Department is currently working with the relevant agencies of State who have a role to play in identifying and breaking down barriers to remaining in work past the age of 65.