Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Questions (235)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

235. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the weekly rate of payment for those in receipt of the non-contributory State pension in each of the years 2000 to 2018, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24498/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

State pension non-contributory is a means-tested payment for people aged 66 and over, who do not qualify for a State pension contributory, or who only qualify for a reduced rate contributory pension based on their social insurance record.

An applicant for State pension non-contributory must habitually reside in the State, and satisfy a means test.  Items which count as means include cash income (including private and/or foreign pensions), the value of any property (excluding the applicant's own home) and the value of any savings and investments which they or their spouse, civil partner or cohabitant may have. 

The first €30.00 of assessed weekly means is disregarded in determining the pension rate entitlement. After that, the applicable weekly pension rate is reduced by €2.50 for every €2.50 of means.

The following table shows the maximum personal rate of State pension non-contributory payable in each of the years 2000 – 2018.

Years

Rate

1 January 2000

£78.50

5 May 2000

£85.50

6 April 2001

£95.50

4 January 2002

€134.00

3 January 2003

€144.00

2 January 2004

€154.00

7 January 2005

€166.00

6 January 2006

€182.00

5 January 2007

€200.00

4 January 2008

€212.00

2 January 2009

€219.00

8 January 2010

€219.00

7 January 2011

€219.00

6 January 2012

€219.00

1 January 2013

€219.00

1 January 2014

€219.00

1 January 2015

€219.00

1 January 2016

€222.00

10 March 2017

€227.00

30 March 2018

€232.00

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.