Wednesday, 24 March 2021
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
1038. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a person (details supplied) will qualify for a State pension; if so, the amount they are likely to receive; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15790/21]
The person concerned will reach pension age on 3 August 2021 and has not yet applied for State pension. I have arranged for a copy of the person’s social insurance contribution record to issue to them, together with an application form for State pension (contributory).
Under current eligibility conditions an individual must have 520 full-rate paid contributions in order to qualify for standard State pension (contributory). 520 full-rate contributions equate to 10 years of full-rate insurable employment. Factors such as an individual’s social insurance record, their attachment to the workforce, and their countries of employment affect the rate of pension entitlement.
On receipt of a completed application, the person’s pension entitlement can be examined by a Deciding Officer and they will be notified of the outcome.
I hope this clarifies the position for the Deputy.