Thursday, 30 May 2019

Questions (161)

John Brassil


161. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if she will examine an anomaly in the case of a person (details supplied) in relation to the new total contribution approach; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23134/19]

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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.

A HomeCaring period application form has issued to the person concerned. On receipt of the completed form, a determination will be made on the person's eligibility or otherwise for HomeCaring periods. The pension rate of the person concerned will be re-examined, taking account of the HomeCaring period(s) determination.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.