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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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Self-employed workers, including farmers, who cannot work due to long term illness or disability will be able to claim Invalidity Pension from 1 December 2017.

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IFA Farm Family & Social Affairs Chairperson, Maura Canning is calling on all farmers to join the push for pension equality for women. She said that since changes to the yearly average contribution categories introduced in 2012, the pension gap between women and men has widened.

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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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Find out what you need to qualify for the contributory state pension, and how to maintain eligibility.

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