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State Pension (Non-contributory)

From: Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

What the State Pension (Non-contributory) is

The State Pension (Non-contributory) is a means-tested payment if you don't qualify for a contributory pension based on your social insurance (PRSI) contribution record or if you only qualify for a reduced rate of State Pension.

It may be to your advantage to be paid the State Pension (Non-contributory) instead of a reduced State Pension (Contributory).

How to qualify

To qualify, you must:

  • be 66 or over
  • satisfy a means test
  • be legally and habitually resident in the State

Rates of payment

Your rate of payment will depend on the outcome of the means test. The below shows the maximum personal weekly rate of payment a person can receive if they have no income from any source.

  • if you are aged 66 and under 80, the rate is €237
  • if you are aged 80 and over, the rate is €247

For more detailed rates, please see page 21, in the Current rates of payment for social welfare payments Booklet (SW19)


To apply, fill in the application form at the bottom of this page.

You can also get this form from your local:

Please send the application form at the bottom of this page, as well as any supporting documentation, to:

State Pension (Non-contributory)

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, College Road, Sligo, F91 T384

We recommend that you apply for the State pension (non-contributory) three months before you turn 66.

Application Form: State Pension (Non-Contributory) (SPNC1)

You need a Personal Public Service (PPS) Number before you apply.


Operational Guidelines

Operational guidelines describe the processes and procedures that staff in the department follow when carrying out their work.