Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar yesterday announced changes to the PRSI Voluntary Contribution Scheme, extending the period people can decide to make voluntary contributions from 1 year to 5 years. This is an important change for carers who have to give up work to provide care but do not qualify for a Carer’s Allowance. In such cases, the carer can make Voluntary PRSI contributions each year while protecting their Contributory State Pension entitlement. FCI have discussed the need for such an extension with the Department, so welcome this change. Details of the changes are contained in a press release from the Department.
You can also now read the briefing paper Carers and the State Pension, prepared last year by FCI Head of Social Policy Clare Duffy with the cooperation of officials in the DSP, which explains carer’s State Pension entitlements.