Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Widow's Pension Eligibility

Photo of Seán HaugheySeán Haughey (Dublin Bay North, Fianna Fail)
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1246. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a widow's pension will be awarded to a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6265/20]

Photo of Regina DohertyRegina Doherty (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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The person concerned is currently in receipt of state pension contributory at a reduced rate.  I am advised that date my Department does not appear to have received an application for widow's/widower's & surviving civil partner's contributory pension from the person concerned.  Accordingly we have issued an application form to the person concerned, which should be completed and returned as soon as possible so that their entitlement can be determined.  There is a maximum backdating period of six months.

Widow's/widower's & surviving civil partner's contributory pension is based on social insurance contributions.  It is not means tested and is therefore not affected by any occupational pension(s) that the person may be in receipt of.

We hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

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