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).
The below measures were announced in Budget 2023
on 27 September 2022 regarding the State Pension (Non-contributory).
From October 2022:
People who are in receipt of State Pension (Non-contributory) will get a cost of living double payment which will be paid from the week commencing 17 October.
From December 2022:
People who are in receipt of State Pension (Non-contributory) will get the Christmas Bonus double payment which will be paid from the week commencing 5 December.
From January 2023:
The maximum personal weekly rates of State Pension (Non-contributory) will increase by €12. There will be proportionate increases for qualified adults and for people getting a reduced rate.
The weekly full rate for a qualified child will increase to:
€42 for children under 12 years of age
€50 for children aged 12 years and over
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 €242 from 7 January 2022
if you are aged 80 and over, the rate is €252 from 7 January 2022