Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Questions (593)

Tom Neville


593. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a person (details supplied) is entitled to the maximum rate of pension; if details of the award will be provided; when the first payment will issue; and if the award will be backdated to the date of eligibility. [39517/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The person concerned was awarded state pension (contributory) at a rate of 85% of maximum rate,  based on their yearly average of social insurance contributions (of 29)  covering the period 1970 to 2019.   This pension was awarded with effect from the date they reached pension age. 

As part of the pension review, the person concerned was awarded 1,460 Homecaring periods, the maximum possible number in respect of the time they spent out of the workforce to parent their children.   Under the new aggregated contributions method pension calculation, the person concerned has 905 paid social insurance contributions, which, when combined with the maximum permissible number of Home Caring periods and reckonable credits of 1,040, (as set down in legislation) results in an overall usable total of 1945.   When this number (1,945) is divided by 2,080 (equivalent to 40 years), this results in a payment entitlement rate of 93.51% of the maximum rate of pension (€232.20 per week).   

A review outcome letter has issued to the person, outlining details of their increase and includes a breakdown of their social insurance contribution record.  Fully backdated arrears to 14 July 2019 have  also issued. 

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.