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Pension Provisions

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 19 February 2019

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Questions (169)

John Curran


169. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if a person who is a pensioner who previously worked in a position (details supplied) is due a pension increase as a result of pay restoration for civil servants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7755/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The public service pension increase policy that is currently in place in respect of pre-existing public service pension schemes represents a time-limited (expires end-2020), conditions-bound return to the non-statutory, pay-linked method of pension adjustment which prevailed until the onset of the financial emergency.

Pay increases agreed as part of the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018–2020 (PSSA) are passed on to eligible pensions, to bring the pay level on which the pension is based up to the level of the pay of those still serving in the same grade and on the same scale point, once those pay increases are applied to serving staff.

However, the Deputy should note that not all pensions are eligible for an increase due to the fact that the pay levels on which some pensions are based still exceed the in-service pay level of the corresponding grade and scale point, even after pay increases have been applied.

Public service pension recipients seeking information with respect to their eligibility for pension increases are advised to contact their pension paying authority - in this case, the Payroll Shared Services Centre (PSSC) - who will have the necessary information to respond on an individual basis.