Government plans to increase Non-Contributory social allowances & low social security benefits to $300
Finance Minister Roosevelt Skerrit revealed during his 2016/2017 national budget address, that Senior Citizens here will benefit from a 50% increase in the Non-Contributory Social Allowance, for persons 70 years and older.
Effective September 1st 2016, these persons will now receive $300 a month. Mr Skerrit says this is being funded through the Citizenship By Investment Program. When this allowance program was first introduced in 2014, senior citizens received $200.00 per month.
Meanwhile, Skerrit says he will be meeting with the Board of Directors of the Dominica Social Security, to create a mechanism, whereby the lower tiers of social security pensioners, will be brought to no less than $300 a month, and to give an additional increment to pensioners receiving between $300 to $500 a month.
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