Written answers

Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Social Welfare Eligibility

Photo of John McGuinnessJohn McGuinness (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail)
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109. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a person (details supplied) has sufficient contributions to qualify for benefits while being unfit for work; and the supports that are available for the self-employed sector. [21396/22]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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Invalidity pension (IP) is a payment for people who are permanently incapable of work because of illness or incapacity and for no other reason and who satisfy the pay related social insurance (PRSI) contribution conditions.

To qualify for IP a claimant 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 or second last complete contribution year before the relevant date of their claim.  Only PRSI classes A, E ,H & S contributions are reckonable for IP purposes.  IP was extended to the self employed from 01 December 2017.

Eligibility for IP can only be established on receipt of a completed application form. The person in question should submit an IP application form and their entitlement can then be determined.

I hope this clarifies the position for the Deputy.


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