Thursday, 20 June 2019

Questions (204)

Robert Troy

Question:

204. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if the entitlements of a person (details supplied) to a pension will be reviewed. [25983/19]

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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.

All of the HomeCaring Periods applied for by the person concerned have been awarded. The person has 1,105 reckonable paid contributions which when combined with 734 HomeCaring Periods and 128 reckonable credits results in a payment rate of 94.57% of maximum pension (or €234.90). This represents an increase on the person's previous pension payment rate of €223.20.

A review outcome letter issued on 16 May 2019 to the person concerned, detailing their new rate of payment under the new arrangements.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.