Voluntary Contributions - SW8

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Voluntary contributions cover for long-term benefits, such as pensions. However, voluntary contributions do not cover short-term benefits such as Illness, Jobseekers, Maternity, Paternity, Occupational Injuries or Treatment Benefit, and they cannot be used to qualify for an Invalidity Payment.

The benefits of each Voluntary Contribution rate are as follows:

High rate contribution

Low rate contribution

Special rate contribution

If you are taking time off work to care for children (under age 12) or an incapacitated adult or child aged 12 or over, the Homemaker’s Scheme may be a better option for you. Under this scheme, we may disregard years spent caring when we work out your entitlement to a State Pension (Contributory).

For more information on the Homemaker’s Scheme, log on to www.welfare.ie or contact:

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
Homemaker's Section
McCarter's Road
Co. Donegal

Telephone: (01) 4715 898
LoCall: 1890 690 690 (from the Republic of Ireland only or  +353 1 4715898 (from Northern Ireland or overseas).


Last modified:13/09/2017

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