Have Your Say: Pensions Commission Consultation  

Brigid Geoghegan
Brigid Geoghegan • 10 February 2021

Have Your Say: Pensions Commission Consultation  

The Pensions Commission would like your views on State Pensions arrangements and your proposals for making sure they are sustainable into the future.

The Commission was established as part of a Government commitment to look at ways to ensure the sustainability of State Pensions and the Social Insurance Fund into the future. The Commission has also been asked to examine the issue of retirement ages in employment contracts that are set below the State pension age, and to consider how long-term carers can be further accommodated within the pension system.

We would like to encourage as many people and organisations as possible to have their say on sustainable State Pensions arrangements into the future. The Commission is keen to hear the views of younger people and from organisations representing and supporting those of working age.  

People are living longer in Ireland. In 2016, 13.3% of the population (less than one in seven) was 65 years of age or older. By 2051, the CSO projects it to be 25.9% (more than one in four). If we don’t make any changes to the pension system, the increased spending on pensions will reduce the money available to Government to fund income supports and other services that you people you represent may rely on. Your views will help the Commission in considering reforms that could work for everyone. 

We invite you to read the full Have your Say: Pensions Commission Consultation Paper which will tell you about current state pension arrangements, the challenges we face into the future, and how to make a submission.

The deadline for making a submission is Tuesday 9 March 2021 5:00 PM.
https://www.gov.ie/en/consultation/0a525-the-pensions-commission-consultation/