Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2667)

Seán Fleming

Question:

2667. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of cases in which a person's additional pension was restricted under the home caring scheme in respect of his or her contributory pension due to the rule by which the maximum home caring period shall not exceed 1,040; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31645/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The maximum Homecaring periods provided for as part of the Total Contribution Approach (TCA) under the Social Welfare, Pensions and Civil Registration Act 2018 is 1,040 (i.e. 20 years).

The exact breakdown requested by the Deputy is not readily available; however, based on a sample analysis of increased cases, 62% achieved maximum rate of pension.

Of the remainder who received an increase, approximately 2,185 benefited from the maximum permissible 1,040 HomeCaring Periods and did not achieve maximum pension rate.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.