51. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when the report she has asked her Department to prepare on the post-2012 contributory pension band rates is expected to be published; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46919/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - State Pension (Contributory) Eligibility)

Deputy Willie O’Dea: This question relates to the recent motion, passed unanimously by the House, on changing the pension contribution rules introduced in 2012. The Minister will recall that in her counter-motion, she made certain commitments, namely, that she would examine the problem, ask her Department to study it and get back to her, and then report to the Cabinet. Has that process started? If so, at what stage is it?
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805. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Social Protection his plans, if any, to extend the homemaker scheme prior to 1994; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26106/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - State Pension (Contributory) Eligibility)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The State pension (contributory) SPC is a very valuable benefit and is the bedrock of the Irish pension system. Therefore, it is important to ensure that those qualifying have made a sustained contribution to the Social Insurance Fund over their working lives. To ensure that the individual can maximise their entitlement to a State pension, all contributions paid or credited over their working life from when they first enter insurable employ...

819. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Social Protection the estimated full year cost of amending the home-maker scheme by disregarding up to 200 pre-1994 A1 PRSI payments for the purpose of calculating a person’s entry to the workforce; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26320/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - State Pension (Contributory) Eligibility)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): State pension (contributory) is based on the PRSI contributions paid or credited by the person over their working life, and the level of entitlement depends on their yearly average number of contributions.
The homemaker’s scheme was introduced in 1994 to make qualification for State pension contributory (SPC) easier for those who take time out of the workforce for caring duties. The scheme allows up to 20 years spent caring for children unde...

234. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if he is aware that persons are losing out on a significant portion of their contributory pension as a result of changes implemented by her Government in 2012; her views that persons should lose out on pension entitlements because they worked part-time jobs when they were students; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13203/15 asked on 31 Mar 2015 - State Pension (Contributory) Eligibility)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The State pension contributory is a very valuable benefit and is the bedrock of the Irish pension system. Therefore, it is important to ensure that those qualifying have made a sustained contribution to the Social Insurance Fund over their working lives. To ensure that the individual can maximise their entitlement to a State pension, all contributions paid over their working life from when they first enter insurable employment unt...