Frequently Asked Questions - State Pension Increase in pensionable age and discontinuance of State Pension (Transition)


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Q1. What immediate change is being made to the pension age?

Q2. Apart from the change in 2014, what other changes are being made to the State Pension age?

Q3. Who is affected by the changes to the State Pension age?

Q4. I am 65 years of age before 1st January 2014 and I will retire on my birthday. Can I apply for State Pension (Transition)?

Q5. I am 65 years of age after 1st January 2014 and I will retire on my birthday. Can I apply for State Pension (Transition)?

Q6. I am 65 years of age after 1st January 2014 and will be retiring on my 65th birthday; can I apply for a Jobseeker’s Payment?

Q7. I am 65 years of age before the 1st of January 2014, but I will not retire from work until after the 1st January 2014. Can I apply for State Pension (Transition)?


Q1. What immediate change is being made to the Pension Age?

From 1st January 2014 the State Pension age is increasing to age 66. State Pension (Transition), currently payable from age 65 to 66, will cease to exist.

Q2. Apart from the change in 2014, what other changes are being made to the State Pension age?

From 1st January 2021 the State Pension age is increasing to 67.

From 1st January 2028 the State Pension age is increasing to 68.

Q3. Who is affected by the changes to the State Pension age?

If you were born between 1st January 1949 and 31st December 1954 inclusive, the minimum qualifying State Pension age will be 66.

If you were born between 1st January 1955 and 31st December 1960 inclusive, the minimum qualifying State Pension age will be 67.

If you were born on or after 1st January 1961 the minimum qualifying State Pension age will be 68.

Q4. I am 65 years of age before 1st January 2014 and I will retire on my birthday. Can I apply for State Pension (Transition)?

Yes, you should apply for State Pension (Transition) 3 months before your 65th birthday. State Pension (Transition) will continue to be payable (subject to fulfilling qualifying conditions) to anyone reaching age 65 before 1st January 2014.

Q5. I am 65 years of age after 1st January 2014 and I will retire on my birthday. Can I apply for State Pension (Transition)?

No, because State Pension (Transition) which is currently payable from age 65 to 66 will no longer exist for anyone reaching age 65 on or after the 1st January 2014.

Q6. I am 65 years of age after 1st January 2014 and will be retiring on my 65th birthday; can I apply for a Jobseeker’s Payment?

Yes you can apply for a Jobseeker’s payment. Follow the relevant link to view the qualifying conditions for Jobseeker’s Benefit or Jobseeker’s Allowance. Should you qualify you will continue to receive your Jobseeker’s payment until your 66th birthday.

Persons over 65 will not be subject to mandatory activation measures but may avail of employment supports.

In addition most older people in receipt of a jobseeker’s payment will only have to sign-on at their local office once a year and their payments will be paid directly into their account in a financial institution e.g. a bank, building society or credit union.

Q7. I am 65 years of age before the 1st of January 2014, but I will not retire from work until after the 1st January 2014. Can I apply for State Pension (Transition)?

Yes, you can apply for State Pension (Transition) once you are 65 before the 1st of January 2014 and you retired from work before your 66th birthday.

Last modified:04/07/2013
 

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