11,000 letters issued to those affected by 2012 pension changes – John Brady TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has welcomed news that letters have begun to be issued to those affected by the 2012 pension changes.
Teachta Brady said:
“Minister Doherty confirmed that 11,000 letters have gone out to some of those affected by the 2012 pension changes.
“This is the first batch of letters to go out with a total of 76,000 pensioners set to receive letters including 9,000 who no longer reside in Ireland.
“This is just the first step in a lengthy process undertaken by the Department that will see the recalculation of pension entitlements to rectify the impact that the changes to pension bands and rates taken in 2012 had on some of our older citizens’ pension payment.
“Clearly, the majority of the letters are yet to go out so I would urge people who are expecting a letter from the Department to sit tight for another few weeks until all of the letters have been issued.
"After that point, if a person feels that they should have received a letter and did not, then they should contact the Department.
“It is important that the Department proceed as quickly and efficiently as possible to ensure that the timeframe for payment of the first quarter of next year is met. Those affected have been waiting since 2012.”