Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Questions (602)

John Brady


602. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if an appeals mechanism is in place in cases in which a State pension (contributory) payment rate is reviewed and no increase is awarded; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25025/19]

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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) pension calculation which includes provision for HomeCaring periods.

On receipt of formal review decision outcomes, pensioners receive a right of appeal, which is explained in their review outcome letter.

Where a Deciding Officer has examining entitlement under the new arrangements and determined that even if all insurance record gaps were filled with the maximum allowable Home caring periods no increase in rate would result, the pensioner is notified If the person wants this outcome explained to them they are encouraged to call the dedicated helpline. If the person wants a formal review decision, this will be provided together with the associated right of appeal.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.