In the 2016 Budget Address, the Honourable Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Roosevelt Skerrit announced a 50% increase in the value of the non-contributory pension paid to senior citizens over the age of 70 years. That increase was received by the beneficiaries at the end of September, 2016 as was announced.
The Government of Dominica also announced its plans to discuss with the Dominica Social Security (DSS) the possibility of increasing the minimum pension paid by the DSS. It was expected that, that agreement would have been reached by January, 2017. Government is pleased to note that the agreement has been reached with the DSS much earlier and the increase in the minimum pension also became effective this September, 2016. In fact, those who are paid fortnightly would have already received their first payment.
The increase by the DSS means that those DSS pensioners who are over the age of 70 will receive the full EC$300.00 from the DSS and would not be receiving any further amount from the Government non-contributory programme.
We thank the DSS for working with the Government to meet the needs of the elderly. We take the opportunity to encourage all self-employed persons to commit to making regular contributions to the DSS.