Transitional rate of pension

The transitional rate started in 2009 for pensioners who would get a lower rate if we used the new income test.

If you were getting a pension on 19 September 2009, we’ll pay you at the transitional rate until your pension is no longer higher than the current income tested rate.

This can happen if your income changes, such as when you lose a job or get additional work. A Service Officer or Financial Information Service Officer can explain this to you.  

To help us decide your pension rate, we use the current income test to compare both pension rates. Read more about the income test for pensions.

You can’t go back to the transitional rate once you get the current rate of pension.

Page last updated: 6 June 2017

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