Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Questions (279)

Robert Troy

Question:

279. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the level of weekly income a person of pension age can receive from part-time employment without affecting his or her rate of contributory or non-contributory pension. [14456/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The rate of state pension (contributory) awarded to an individual is based solely on their social insurance record. There is no means / income test for that pension, and therefore pensioners have no limit on earnings that will effect their SPC rate of payment.

The State Pension (non-contributory) (SPNC) is a means tested payment. Wages from employment of up to €200 per week are disregarded from the means test for this pension. Those with means of less than €30 per week may qualify for the maximum rate. Effectively this means that pensioners qualifying for the non-contributory pension may, depending upon their circumstances, earn up to €230 per week from employment without it affecting the rate of their pension.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.