Thursday, 30 May 2019
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
State Pension (Contributory)
161. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if she will examine an anomaly in the case of a person (details supplied) in relation to the new total contribution approach; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23134/19]
Since late September 2018, my Department has been examining the social insurance records of approximately 90,000 pensioners, born on or after 1 September 1946, who have a reduced rate State pension contributory entitlement based on post Budget 2012 rate-bands. These payments are being reviewed under a new Total Contributions Approach (TCA) to pension calculation which includes provision for homecaring periods.
A HomeCaring period application form has issued to the person concerned. On receipt of the completed form, a determination will be made on the person's eligibility or otherwise for HomeCaring periods. The pension rate of the person concerned will be re-examined, taking account of the HomeCaring period(s) determination.
I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.