Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Questions (615)

Brendan Griffin


615. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a decision has been made on a review of a State pension (contributory) application by a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39887/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The social insurance record of the person concerned has been reviewed on the basis of additional information provided regarding previous employment. The person now has 520 full-rate paid contributions, which is one of the qualifying conditions for entitlement to state pension (contributory).

A reduced rate of State pension (contributory) has been awarded with effect from the date the person reached pension age. They have been awarded 739 HomeCaring periods in respect of time spent parenting their children. Under the aggregated contributions method pension calculation, the person concerned has 547 paid social insurance contributions, which, when combined with their 739 Home Caring periods and 123 reckonable credits results in an overall usable total of 1,409. When this number (1,409) is divided by 2,080 (equivalent to 40 years), this results in a payment entitlement rate of 67.74% of the maximum rate of pension which is currently €248.30 per week.

Notification of this revised decision has issued to the person concerned on 30 September 2019, together with notification of their due arrears.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.