Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Questions (601)

Willie O'Dea


601. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the amount of State pension (contributory) which should be paid to a person (details supplied); the reason they are only receiving €207 per week; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51235/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

According to the records of my Department, the person concerned has a total of 1,366 full-rate paid and credited contributions for the period from 1958 to 2007 inclusive. This equates to a yearly average of 27 contributions which, as the person concerned reached pension age before 1 September 2012, is sufficient to qualify for 98% of the maximum rate of State pension (contributory), currently payable at €243.40.

The person concerned was assessed with an overpayment arising from a previous pension claim and is currently repaying this debt at a rate of €36.51 per week. This amount is being deducted from their weekly pension payment. The person concerned is in receipt of the balance which amounts to €206.89.

I hope that this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.