Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Questions (904)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

904. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a decision has been made on a rate band review of the rate of State pension being paid to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23786/19]

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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.

In March 2019, the person concerned submitted an application for HomeCaring periods. A review outcome has now issued to the person concerned, outlining details of their increase to maximum rate State pension contributory. Arrears of payment, backdated 30 March 2018, will issue shortly.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.