Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Questions (138)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

138. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if a person (details supplied) in County Kerry will be provided with credited contributions for the period the person was in receipt of a carer's allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2327/16]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The person concerned applied for state pension (contributory) in February 2014. Their claim was disallowed as they did not satisfy the requirement to have a minimum of 520 paid full-rate Irish insurance contributions. Even if additional credited contributions were considered to be due for a period spent caring, the minimum paid contributions condition would remain unsatisfied.

The person’s entitlement to a state pension (contributory) under EU Regulations is also being examined. The United Kingdom’s Department for Work and Pensions has advised that it is awaiting confirmation of the person’s UK insurance record from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, taking into account documentary evidence submitted regarding additional contributions for the 1967-68 UK contribution year. On receipt by my Department of the revised UK social insurance record for the person concerned, their pension entitlement under EU Regulations will be reviewed and the person concerned will be notified of the outcome without delay.