What is the Widow's, Widower's, or Surviving Civil Partner's (Contributory) Pension?
The Widow's, Widower's, or Surviving Civil Partner's (Contributory) Pension is a weekly payment provided to the spouse or civil partner of a deceased person. Either the surviving individual or the deceased partner must have sufficient social insurance (PRSI) contributions.
How to qualify for the Widow's, Widower's, or Surviving Civil Partner's (Contributory) Pension:
To qualify, the surviving individual must:
A: Have at least 260 paid social insurance (PRSI) contributions up to the date of the spouse or civil partner's death, or before reaching pension age (whichever comes first).
B: Have a yearly average of either:
Pension age, currently 66, refers to the age of the person whose insurance record is being examined.
Alternatives If You Do Not Qualify:
If you don't meet the qualifications for this pension, you should apply for:
Rates of Payment:
The rate of payment is determined by calculating your 'Short Yearly Average'.
|Aged under 66
|Aged 66 or over
|48 or more contributions
Pensions are paid weekly, either at your local post office using your Social Services Card or Public Services Card, or by direct payment into your current or deposit (savings) account
How to Apply:
You can only apply for this payment by post.
Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s (Contributory) Pension Section
They will send details of your application and relevant social insurance records to Ireland.
Note: It is recommended that you apply for this pension as soon as possible after your spouse or civil partner dies and no later than six months after their death.