Department of Social Protection
Published on 25 July 2019
Last updated on 31 August 2020
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 the Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s (Contributory) Pension.
The rate of payment is €203 per week.
This is a payment for widows, widowers or surviving civil partners who do not have dependent children. People with dependent children can apply for the One-Parent Family Payment
or Jobseeker's Transitional Payment.
You may apply for the State Pension (Non-contributory)
when you reach 66 years old. This pension is taxable, but you are unlikely to pay tax if it is your only income.
To qualify, you must:
Your rate of payment will depend on the outcome of the means test. The table below shows the maximum personal weekly rate of payment a person can receive if they have no income from any source.
The maximum amount payable is €203 weekly.
Pensions are paid weekly:
You can make an application at your local Intreo Centre or social welfare branch office.
Alternatively, please fill in and print the form at the bottom of this page. Then send the completed form to:
Application Form: Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s (Non-Contributory) Pension (WP1)
Application for Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s (Non-Contributory) Pension.
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