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IFA Farm Family and Social Affairs Chair, Caroline Farrell has welcomed changes to the calculation of the Contributory State Pension proposed by Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty that better value the contribution of those who took time out of employment to care for families and older relatives.

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IFA Farm Family and Social Affairs Chairperson Caroline Farrell is calling on all farmers to join the push for pension equality for women.

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Today, the Farm Safety Week team is challenging farmers to think about improving livestock handling systems to make them safer and more efficient.

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IFA Farm Family and Social Affairs Chairperson, Maura Canning has called for the current averaging system to be moved to a total contributions system for the purposes of calculating a person’s Contributory State Pension payment rate in the 2018 Budget.

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Making sufficient PRSI contributions entitles you to a number of social protection benefits, including the contributory state pension and maternity benefit. You can only qualify for these benefits based on your own PRSI record so it’s important to make contributions if you can.

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