Thursday, 18 February 2021
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
200. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when a person (details supplied) will become eligible for a State pension (contributory); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9141/21]
Pension entitlement is determined on the basis of the eligibility conditions applicable on the date an individual reaches pension age. The Deputy will be aware that a Commission on Pensions has been established to examine sustainability and eligibility issues in relation to State pensions and the Social Insurance Fund. The Commission is to report to Government by June this year on options including the qualifying age, contribution rates, total contributions and eligibility requirements. The age at which a pension is payable will remain at 66 years pending this report. The person concerned was born in 1957.
Individual pension entitlement depends on factors such as a person’s social insurance record, their attachment to the workforce and their countries of employment. It is advisable that all contributors maintain their social insurance record as fully as possible over their working life.
The person concerned should apply for State pension (contributory) approximately 6 months before reaching pension age. Their entitlement to pension will then be determined on the basis of the eligibility conditions in force and they will be notified in writing of the decision.
I hope this clarifies the position for the Deputy.