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# state pension

Last year
2022
# budget 2023
Four Cost of Living lump sum supports to be paid to over 800,000 people this week
Payments totaling €325 million will be made this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
# Age Action
Call for all social welfare payments to be increased by €20 as older people 'turn off heating'
Age Action said the State Pension should be increased by at least €23 in the Budget.
# Your Say
Poll: At what age would you like to retire?
The State pension age is currently 66.
# pension age
Proposals on State pension age to be brought to Govt 'very soon', says minister
The Pension Commission has recommended that the State pension age should rise to 67 by 2031.
# Explainer
The government's launched a plan to auto-enrol workers for pensions - here's how it will work
The auto-enrolment pension scheme is set to come into effect in early 2024.
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# aging population
Keeping the State pension age at 66 is 'unsustainable', says new report
Not changing the current policy on pensions would cost around €50 billion, the Department of Finance report says.
# Social Welfare
New weekly payment of €203 introduced for 65-year-olds after rise of pension age
A person in receipt of this payment will not be required to be available for full-time work.
# state pension
ESRI: Those who live alone are at greater risk of falling below the poverty line when they retire
Researchers examined whether soon-to-be pensioners will have adequate income in retirement.
# state pension
54% of women who had State pensions reviewed after 'cruel' 2012 changes will get more money
Changes to the State pension in 2012 meant carers who took time off work received less in their State pension.
# Social Protection
'Cruel' State pension changes are still affecting thousands
Despite government revisions, only 32,307 pensioners have received an increase in their pension, which is “significantly lower than expected”.
# Pensions
Over 20,000 pensioners to benefit from rate increase following review
Another 21,294 will remain on their existing rate of payment.
# state pension
Justice Minister 'cannot say at this stage' if Callinan's pension will be cancelled
Charlie Flanagan said that the cancellation of Callinan’s pension is subject to legal advice.
# marriage bar
'I never cost the State a penny, but now they're taking part of my pension'
Tens of thousands of people are losing out on receiving a full State pension due to rules that were introduced in 2012.
# Social Protection
State pension bump of €5 being considered ahead of Budget 2018
An across-the-board increase is reportedly being considered.
# Report
Women are being 'penalised for working' since changes were brought in to the State Pension
Age Action say that pensioners have lost out on as much as €1,500 a year since 2012.
# Fuller Working Lives report
Government criticised for refusing to close the 'pension gap' for older workers
Many workers must retire at 65, but are unable to claim a state pension until the age of 66 – forcing many on the dole.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the State Pension age be dropped back to 65?
There has been a spike in those aged 65 claiming social welfare here as they are not yet eligible for the State Pension.
Voices
Will the State Pension actually be there for me when I retire?
Wondering whether you need to bite the bullet and sign up for a pension? Eamon Dwyer says the State Pension as we know it, might not exist by the time we retire.
Voices
Opinion: Our state pensions ponzi scheme is nearing a breaking point
The demographic pressures on our welfare system are becoming less and less tomorrow’s problem…
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Monday
A crash in Kerry, Ebola in Scotland and a tragedy on a Ferry had everyone talking today.
# don't be worrying
Joan Burton says State pension is 'absolutely secure'
The Tanaiste was responding to reports today that a cut was being considered.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you agree that the State pension should be cut?
As more people get older, the Government have concerns about increasing expenditure.
# Pensions
€24.5m yielded by Revenue in compliance campaign for those with two pensions
Those in receipt of both State pensions and private occupational pensions are liable to pay income tax if their total income is above a certain level.
# defined benefit
New legislation to protect pensioners with defined benefit schemes
Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton received approval for the Bill today, which she says leaves the State pension completely unaffected.
# Opinion Poll
Which party leader would fight for you? None of them, according to most voters
A new poll in the Irish Sun shows widespread dissatisfaction with the political establishment.
# Survey
Two thirds of Irish householders have seen their income reduced in past year
A new survey from Friends Firsts shows 67 per cent have seen a reduction in income. Elsewhere, there’s an increase in the number of people in work investing in a pension.
Voices
Column: I hope I hold on to my health – I don’t think I can afford to get sick
With the number of older people in consistent poverty doubling over just one year, pensioner Gordon* explains what daily life is like for him – and how he fears for the future.
Voices
Aaron McKenna: Large pay packets aren’t an injustice – they’re a reward
Controversy over generous pension arrangements for executives means we risk throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
# future proofing
Half of adults believe state pension will be main source of retirement income
People are also more inclined to hold this view the older they get.
# Pensions
Revenue to open Saturday hotline for pensions queries
# Pensions Row
Opposition cry foul over Revenue pensions 'mess-up'
Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin demand immediate clarification on how 115,000 pensioners were told they may face extra tax.
# Tax
Revenue not ruling out back tax on pensioners
Declan Rigby from the Office of the Revenue Commissioners said that there will not be an across-the-board amnesty on pensioners who owe tax.
# Pensions
115,000 pensioners told: You'll have to pay more tax
The Revenue Commissioners and Department of Social Protection identify 115,000 pensioners whose income had been underdeclared.
# Pensions
Number of people relying on State pension to grow
New research has revealed that thousands of people without a pension are planning to rely on the State pension when they retire.
# Welfare
Bill to reinstate minimum wage and raise pension age passes Dáil
The age at which a worker is entitled to a State pension will rise to 68 by 2028.
# Catholic Bishops
Catholic bishops warn of violence in aftermath of financial crisis
The bishops have criticised cuts in the minimum wage and say that the new government needs to learn from the “wrongs of the past”.