Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (1295)

Robert Troy

Question:

1295. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if an increased contributory State pension will be awarded to a person (details supplied) who has recently submitted a review for homemakers. [13672/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Since late September 2018, my Department has been examining the social insurance records of approximately 90,000 pensioners, born on or after 1 September 1946, who have a reduced rate State pension contributory entitlement based on post Budget 2012 rate-bands. These payments are being reviewed under a new Total Contributions Approach (TCA) to pension calculation which includes provision for homecaring periods.

The person concerned has been reviewed using information already held by the Department. A review outcome has issued to the person concerned, outlining details of their increase in payment. Arrears of payment backdated 30 March 2018 will issue shortly.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.