97. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 194 of 27 February 2018, the status of pension increases which were due to be applied shortly including arrears due to the start of the year; when this will occur; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20257/18 asked on 09 May 2018)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As I informed the Deputy in my previous answer on 27 February 2018, my Department issued a circular in January of this year authorising and giving guidance in relation to the application to qualifying pensions of pay increases under the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017. Responsibility for implementing these increases lies with the various public service pension/payroll providers. I understand that work is underway to apply the 1 January 2018 pay increase to those qualifying pensions in payment that have not yet benefitted from that increase, and that this will include the calculation and payment of arrears backdated to the start of the year.