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State Pension (Non-contributory)

What is the State Pension (Non-contributory)?

The State Pension (Non-contributory) is a means-tested pension provided by the Irish government for individuals aged 66 or over who don't qualify for a contributory pension based on their social insurance (PRSI) contributions, or who only qualify for a reduced rate of State Pension (Contributory).

It is sometimes more beneficial for individuals to receive the State Pension (Non-contributory) instead of a reduced State Pension (Contributory).

How to qualify for the State Pension (Non-contributory):

To qualify you must:

  • Be aged 66 or over
  • Satisfy a means test
  • Be legally and habitually resident in the State

  • Rates of Payment:

    The rate of payment for the State Pension (Non-contributory) depends on the results of the means test. However, if you have no income from any source, the maximum personal weekly rate of payment as of 6 January 2023 is:

  • €254 for those aged 66 to under 80
  • €264 for those aged 80 and over

  • How to Apply:

    We recommend that you apply 3 months before your 66th birthday. To apply for State Pension (Non-contributory), download and fill in the State Pension (Non-Contributory) Application Form (SPNC1) You can also get this form at your local Intreo Centre.

    Please return your completed application form and relevant supporting documents to:

    State Pension (Non-contributory) Section

    Address: Department of Social Protection,
    College Road,
    Co Sligo,
    F91 T384

    Website: www.gov.ie/SPNC
    Email: State.NonCon@welfare.ie
    Phone number: 071 9157100 or 0818 200400

    Claiming an EU Pension

    If you wish to claim an EU pension please click here.