Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2723)

Mary Butler


2723. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection further to Parliamentary Question No. 813 of 9 July 2019, the percentage of the 32,307 pensioners who received an increase (details supplied) in their payments in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32782/19]

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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 detailed breakdown requested by the Deputy is not readily available, however based on a sample of cases where increases were awarded, the best estimates of review outcomes per category requested is set out below:

Post review rate (based on sample)

Percentage of pensioners per rate category

Maximum rate


90% - 99% of maximum rate


80% - 89% of maximum rate


70% - 79% of maximum rate


60% - 69% of maximum rate


50% - 59% of maximum rate

less than 1%

40% - 49% of maximum rate

less than 1%

Less than 40%

less than 1%

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.