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Social Insurance

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 25 November 2021

Thursday, 25 November 2021

Ceisteanna (113)

Christopher O'Sullivan

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113. Deputy Christopher O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Social Protection the strategies in place to ensure that persons can receive information regarding their insurance contributions record ahead of retirement; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [58019/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Social)

Currently, all persons wishing to obtain details of their social insurance contributions can do so by request to the Client Eligibility Services section in my Department. The details are provided by way of a contribution history statement which is a summary of the person's social insurance history in Ireland.

There are several ways in which a person can request their contribution history statement, including online via www.MyWelfare.ie. This channel requires the person to have a basic or verified MyGovID account. A basic MyGovID account will allow the person to request a copy of their contribution history statement to be sent to their home address, whereas with a verified account the statement will appear on screen immediately.

While the quickest way to access a person's social insurance record statement is via the online MyWelfare channel, statements may also be requested by emailing cstgeneralqueries@welfare.ie or telephoning 0818 690 690 or 01 4715898 or writing to Records Section, Client Eligibility Services, Department of Social Protection, McCarter’s Road, Buncrana, Co. Donegal. All requests should include details of the person's PPSN, name, date of birth, address and mother’s birth surname.

As part of its recommendations, the Pensions Commission proposed that the Department issue regular PRSI contribution statements to contributors so that they are aware of their level of contributions and how that would relate to the level of State pension (contributory) they would be entitled to. The Commission's report has been referred to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Recovery and Investment for consideration with a view to bringing a recommended response and implementation plan to Government by the end of March 2022.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

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