PENSIONS UP

Figures data from the Ministry for Employment and Immigration show that the average retirement pension as of June 1st stood at €814,42 a month, just over 7% higher than a year ago. The average Social Security Pension, which also includes incapacity benefit, widowhood and other orphan and family benefits is nearly 7% higher than it was 12 months ago. The number of people receiving Social Security and retirement pensions now stands at 8,382,778, up 1.4% since this time last year, at a cost of six million euros to the state.

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