Thursday, 14 November 2019

Ceisteanna (176)

Willie O'Dea

Ceist:

176. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the reason a person (details supplied) is only receiving a State pension (contributory) of €186.20 per week; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46953/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

According to the records of my Department, the person concerned has a total of 841 social insurance contributions and credits over a 45-year period from the 1966/67 tax year to end-December 2010 inclusive which equates to a yearly average of 19.  As the person concerned was born before 1 September 1946, their pension entitlement was determined under the 2000-2012 pension rate bands giving them a current weekly payment of €186.20.  Gaps in the insurance record of the person concerned have resulted in the reduced yearly average and reduced rate of pension. The person was notified of this decision in writing on 31 May 2011. 

As the person concerned was not affected by the 2012 Budget changes, the person’s pension entitlement was not reviewed under the Total Contributions Approach.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.