Written answers

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Social Welfare Payments

Photo of Michael Healy-RaeMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry, Independent)
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594. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of arrears for a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32144/22]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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The state pension non-contributory claim of the person concerned was reviewed on 8 June 2022. The person was awarded pension with effect from 4 February 2022, the Friday immediately following their 66th birthday.  A notification issued to the person concerned, advising them of the decision and confirming that a specified arrears amount would issue shortly.

The arrears balance comprises the total state pension non-contributory entitlement due to the person concerned for the period 4 February to 9 June 2022, less the amount of increase for qualified adult already paid in respect of the person concerned, on their spouse's social welfare payment, over the same period.  A letter has issued to the person concerned detailing the calculation of the arrears. 

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy. 

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