Pension entitlement is determined on the basis of the eligibility conditions applicable on the date an individual reaches pension age. The pension age is due to increase to 67 years in 2021. Since the person concerned was born in 1957, they will reach pension age in 2024.
Future pension entitlement will depend on factors such as a person’s social insurance record, their attachment to the workforce, and their countries of employment. It is advisable that all contributors maintain their social insurance record as fully as possible over their working life.
I have arranged for a copy of their social insurance contribution record to issue to the person concerned. They should apply for State pension (contributory) approximately 6 months before reaching pension age. Their entitlement to pension will then be determined on the basis of the eligibility conditions in force and they will be notified in writing of the decision.
I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.