My wife is on Illness Benefit. She will be 66 in early April. She was advised to submit a claim for Invalidity Pension by the Illness Benefit Section in the Department of Social Welfare in November. She did. Apparently there is a huge backlog in processing these applications. A month has passed and still nothing from the department. She has been advised that she should submit her application for her State Pension at least 3 months in advance of due payment. What should she do? If the Invalidity Pension application is refused, (this could take months to find out), will she have to then submit a separate application for her State Pension? She could already be 66 years of age at this stage. Or, in addition to her application for Invalidity Pension should she also submit her forms for the State Pension?