Securing Sustainable Pensions

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  • Currently a person with an average of 20-47 PRSI contributions per year over their working life receives a weekly State Pension of only €4.50 less than a person with a yearly average of 48 or more PRSI contributions. A lower pension will be payable to new applicants for State Pension who have a yearly average of less than 48 PRSI contributions which better relates to their PRSI record. (September 2012)
  • Currently, late claims for certain contributory pensions can be backdated on a reducing scale for up to 5 years. This backdating period will be reduced to a maximum of 6 months. This applies to State Pension (Contributory & Transition), Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory Pension and Widow(er)'s Contributory Pension. (April 2012)
  • The total number of paid PRSI contributions needed to qualify for Widow(er)'s Contributory Pension and Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory Pension will increase from 156 to 260 contributions with effect from  December 2013.
Last modified:12/12/2011

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