Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Ceisteanna (629)

Richard Boyd Barrett

Ceist:

629. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if the pension entitlements of a person (details supplied) will be examined; if they are entitled to a non-contributory pension here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [47526/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

The person concerned is in receipt of state pension (contributory) at 75% of the maximum rate, based on his Irish social insurance record.  

Their pension entitlement was also examined under EU regulations based on their combined Irish and UK social insurance records, and under the Irish UK bilateral social security agreement, which takes account of employment periods on the Channel Islands.  However, the person concerned is financially better off on their current rate of standard state pension (contributory).

It is open to the person concerned to re-apply for state pension non-contributory, which is a means-tested, residency-based payment. 

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.