Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Questions (205)

Tom Neville

Question:

205. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the reason a maximum rate of a pension has not been awarded in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8835/18]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

According to the records of my Department the person concerned has a social insurance record of 703 full rate insurance contributions and credits covering the period 1965 to the end of December 2014. The person concerned is in receipt of a reduced rate state pension (contributory) based on their assessed yearly average of 15 contributions. In arriving at this yearly average account was taken of the Homemaking periods of the person concerned.

In addition to the full rate insurance record, the person concerned has a modified insurance record and has an entitlement to a mixed insurance pro rata state pension (contributory). However the monetary value of this pension is lower than a pension based on full rate insurance and was therefore not awarded.

The person concerned is in receipt of the correct rate of contributory pension based on their social insurance record.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.