Written answers

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Department of Social Protection

Invalidity Pension Eligibility

Photo of Michelle MulherinMichelle Mulherin (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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101. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection why a person (details supplied) in County Mayo was not considered for an invalidity pension after their disability benefit payment ceased; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [1925/16]

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Minister, Department of Social Protection; Dublin West, Labour)
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Invalidity pension (IP) is a payment for people who are permanently incapable of work because of illness or incapacity and who satisfy the pay-related social insurance (PRSI) contribution conditions. To qualify for IP claimants must, inter-alia, have at least 260 (5 years) paid PRSI contributions since entering social insurance and 48 contributions paid or credited in the last complete contribution year before the date of their claim. Only PRSI classes A, E or H contributions are reckonable for IP purposes.

To date there is no record in the department of receipt of a claim for IP from the person in question.

According to the department’s records, it appears that the person concerned does not satisfy the PRSI contribution criteria for IP. However entitlement to IP can be definitively determined on receipt of a completed claim form.

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