Old-age bridging pensions
3 listopada 2016
The right to an old-age bridging pension is acquired by an insured person who meets
jointly the following conditions:
- was born after 31 December 1948,
- has completed a period of employment in special conditions or of a special character of at least 15 years,
- has reached at least the age of 55 years (women) and 60 years (men),
- has completed the contributory and non-contributory period of at least 20 years for women and 25 years for men,
- before 1 January 1999 performed work in special conditions or of a special character,
- after 31 December 2008 performed work in special conditions or of a special character,
- has terminated his or her employment relationship.
The pension amount is calculated in a similar way as the amount of the old-age pension awarded under the new rules. However, irrespective of the actual retirement age of a given person, the average life expectancy for persons aged 60 years is always taken into account.
The right to a bridging pension expires on the day preceding the day of acquiring the right to an old-age pension, and if the person concerned is not entitled to an old-age pension – on the day preceding the statutory retirement age.
The bridging pensions are financed mainly by the State Budget. A part of the costs is covered by employers from the contribution remitted to the Bridging Pensions Fund.
In 2016 the old-age bridging pensions were paid to an average of ca 17.5 thousand pensioners, and the average amount of the pension was PLN 2,463.94.
The expenditure on old-age bridging pensions in 2016 was PLN 516,886.4 thousand.
(Note: 1 EUR = ca 4.26 PLN)