Friday, 6 September 2019

Ceisteanna (1776)

Marc MacSharry

Ceist:

1776. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the percentage of applicants who receive the full rate of old age contributory pension in tabular form; the number qualified for the maximum payable rate of contributory pension in each of the years 2014 to 2018 and to 30 June 2019; if they were male or female; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34780/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

According to the records available to my Department, there were 419,451 state pension (contributory) claimants as at 30 June 2019. Of these, 233,077 claimants receive maximum rate of pension.

Under social welfare legislation, there are a number of ways to qualify for a state pension (contributory). With effect from 30 March 2018, pension entitlement of those born on or after 1 September 1946 can also be calculated under a new Total Contributions Approach (TCA), which includes provision for new HomeCaring Periods. Claimants are assessed under relevant calculation methods and paid the highest rate of pension achievable.

The numbers in receipt of maximum rate, per gender, for the years ending 2014 to 2018 and to end June 2019 are set out in the following table.

Period

Number

Female

Male

%Female

%Male

Total

% of all claimants

Year end 2014

Max rate

47,557

130,114

27%

73%

177,671

51%

Year end 2015

Max rate

49,978

135,813

27%

73%

185,791

51%

Year end 2016

Max rate

52,498

141,676

27%

73%

194,174

51%

Year end 2017

Max rate

55,172

147,446

27%

73%

202,618

51%

Year end 2018

Max rate

58,041

153,397

27%

73%

211,438

51%

End June 2019

Max rate

72,228

160,849

31%

69%

233,077

56%

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.