Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Questions (136)

Willie O'Dea


136. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if a person (details supplied) who was a public sector worker is entitled to a supplementary pension at 63 years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4796/20]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

As the Deputy may be aware the supplementary pension is part of the provisions of occupational pension scheme arrangements in which the pensions of fully insured (Class A PRSI) public servants recruited prior to 2013 are co-ordinated with the social insurance system. This means that social insurance benefits are taken into account as part of the overall pension benefits for retired public servants. For example the calculation of the pension of a fully insured Public Servant reflects their entitlement to a Contributory State Pension on reaching State Pension age.

Where a Public Servant retires before State Pension age (for example because they have a compulsory retirement age – in the case of certain staff categories such as Gardaí or Prison Officers ) they may be entitled to a supplementary occupational pension subject to meeting certain criteria.

There is insufficient information to respond comprehensively in respect of the individual referenced. However, in general, queries regarding the entitlement and/or payment of a supplementary pension can be directed to the individual’s pension paying authority.