Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Questions (558)

Cathal Crowe

Question:

558. Deputy Cathal Crowe asked the Minister for Social Protection if an exemption will be made for a person (details supplied) with regard to the person's benefit pension entitlements. [9484/21]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

Benefit Payment for 65 Year Olds may be paid from the date of a person's 65th birthday until the date of their 66th birthday as long as they continue to satisfy the conditions for this payment.

The person concerned has signed for Jobseeker Credits from 12/10/2017 and it appears from an initial examination of his contribution history that he requires a further 13 paid contributions at Class A, H or P to qualify for Benefit Payment. It is open to him however to lodge an application for the Benefit Payment and a formal decision will issue.

The quickest way to apply for Benefit Payment for 65 Year Olds is through MyWelfare.ie To use this service a person must have a basic MyGovID. Alternatively a paper application may be requested by sending an email to forms@welfare.ie and a form will issue by post.

I trust this clarifies the position for the Deputy.