Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Questions (713)

Paul Kehoe

Question:

713. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of the contributory pension review for a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26647/19]

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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.

The person concerned has been reviewed using information already held by the Department in relation to their HomeCaring Periods. The person has a total of 752 reckonable paid contributions which combined with the maximum permissible number of combined HomeCaring periods and reckonable credits of 1,040, (as set out in legislation) results in an increase from 85% to 86.15% of maximum rate of pension.

A review outcome letter has issued to the person, outlining details of their increase and includes a breakdown of their social insurance contribution record. Arrears of payment, backdated 30 March 2018, will issue shortly.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.