Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (337)

Paul McAuliffe


337. Deputy Paul McAuliffe asked the Minister for Social Protection the status of the case of a person (details supplied). [2265/21]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

State pension non-contributory is a means-tested payment for people aged 66 and over, habitually residing in the State, who do not qualify for a State pension contributory, or who only qualify for a reduced rate contributory pension based on their social insurance record. Social welfare legislation provides that the personal representative of a deceased person who, at any time, received a means-tested payment is obliged to give notice to the Department of their intention to distribute the deceased's estate and to provide a schedule of the assets of the estate. On examination of the schedule of assets, if it is found that not all of the deceased’s means had been disclosed, or if the values of previously assessed means had changed, the Department will seek to recover any monies overpaid from the estate.

The person concerned was a recipient of state pension non-contributory. A schedule of the assets of their estate was received in the Department on 25 November 2020. A Deciding Office has examined the case and has decided that there is no claim by the Department against the estate. A letter of clearance in respect of the estate issued to the person's legal representatives on 8 January 2021.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.