The new TCA for pensioners assessed under the 2012 rate band changes, comes into effect from the 30th March 2018. The Department will invite over 40,000 pensioners, currently assessed under the 2012 rate band changes, to have their pensions recalculated under TCA to determine if they qualify for a higher rate of entitlement. However, as it will take time to design and set up administrative processes, and the necessary IT systems, the Department expects to send out the invitations from Q4 2018. Pensioners do not need to contact the Department or do anything else until written to by the Department nearer the end of the year. The first payments will be made from Q1 2019, with payment backdated to the 30th March 2018.