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Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s (Non-Contributory) Pension
A Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s (Non-Contributory) Pension is a means-tested payment payable to a widow, widower or surviving civil partner who does not qualify for a contributory widow’s, widower’s or surviving civil partner’s payment. (This payment was formerly called the Widow’s/Widower’s (Non-Contributory) Pension).
It is is a payment for widows, widowers or surviving civil partners who do not have dependent children. People with dependent children should apply for the One-Parent Family Payment or Jobseeker’s Transitional payment.
You transfer to State Pension (Non-Contributory) when you reach 66 years of age. This pension is taxable but you are unlikely to pay tax if it is your only income.
Rules to qualify
To qualify you must, of course, be a widow, widower or surviving civil partner and you must not be cohabiting with another person. You can keep your entitlement to this pension if you are divorced or your civil partnership has been dissolved, and you would have been entitled to this pension had you remained married or in the civil partnership.
You must also:
- Pass a means test and
- Be habitually resident in the State.
To see details of rules and pension rates, visit Citizens Information now.
How to apply
Download and complete Form WP1 here (pdf). You can also get application forms from post offices.
You must always tell the Department of Social Protection if there are any changes to your circumstances while you are getting a Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s Pension (Non-Contributory). If your means or circumstances change you may no longer qualify for the payment or it may be reduced. This could mean that you have to repay an overpayment.
Where to apply
Department of Social Protection
Social Welfare Services
Opening Hours:This office does not offer a service to personal callers. All queries must be made using the online enquiry form, by telephone or in writing.
Tel:(071) 915 7100
Locall:1890 500 000
You can email the Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s (Non-Contributory) Pension section using the secure enquiry form. If you wish to talk to someone face-to-face about your pension entitlements, you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre, social welfare local office or Intreo centre.
- For further details, visit Citizens Information today: https://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/social_welfare/social_welfare_payments/death_related_benefits/widows_non_contrib_pen.html
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