Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (298)

Róisín Shortall

Question:

298. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of the State pension transition in each year for the past ten years. [11619/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

In 2006 age related pensions were replaced by State Pensions, with significant administrative alterations to several weekly payment types which had up to that point provided for people aged 65 and over. These changes, implemented in stages following the introduction of the State Pensions, have resulted in substantial migrations of recipients between scheme types, with accompanying changes in expenditure on these schemes. The most significant transfers of recipients were those involving State Pension (Contributory), formerly known as Old Age Pension (Contributory), and State Pension (Transition), formerly known as Retirement Pension.

The number of recipients of retirement pension and state pension transition at end December of each year 2003 to 2012 are included in the tabular statement below.

Number of Recipients of State Pension Transition, 2003 to 2012.

Year

Number of Recipients

Retirement Pension

Number of Recipients

State Pension Transition

2003

86,509

-

2004

88,870

-

2005

91,047

-

2006

91,086

-

2007

-

5,851

2008

-

7,242

2009

-

8,378

2010

-

10,206

2011

-

12,110

2012

-

14,372