Written answers

Wednesday, 21 September 2022

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Pension Provisions

Photo of Éamon Ó CuívÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail)
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88. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when a decision will be made on the State pension (non-contributory) of a person (details supplied); the reason for the delay in making a decision in this case; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46221/22]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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An application for state pension non-contributory was received from the person concerned on 26 April 2022. On 11 May 2022, the case was referred to a Social Welfare Inspector to investigate the means of the person concerned so that their eligibility for the means-tested pension could be assessed.

The Social Welfare Inspector wrote to the person concerned on 7 June 2022 seeking details of earnings, financial accounts, assets and property held. On examination of the information provided, a further request for income details was issued on 4 July 2022. During attendance at interview with the Social Welfare Inspector at Galway Intreo Centre on 7 July 2022, and by letter of same date, the person concerned was asked to provide evidence of separation from their spouse and their current accommodation arrangements. A reminder letter was issued on 12 July 2022.The person concerned has provided additional information and an Inspector’s visit was arranged for 19 September 2022.

Following receipt of the Inspector’s completed report, a Deciding Officer will make a determination on the person’s eligibility to state pension non-contributory and they will be notified of the outcome, in writing.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

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