Govt approves changes to social security benefits

The government has decided to increase some Dominica Social Security (DSS) benefits.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said that based on advice received from the DSS, Cabinet decided to amend regulations for the payment of both invalidity and survivors’ pensions and to establish maternity grants effective march 1st 2019. The new measures also include an increase in funeral grants to $3,000 in respect of the death of an insured person and 2,500 in respect of the death of the spouse of an insured person. The amount paid in respect of the death of a dependent child of an insured person has been increased to $1,250.oo.

Skerrit said changes were also made regarding the benefits will be given to insured persons who have suffered from injuries.

“Eliminate the waiting period for eligibility to employment injury benefits to five progressive benefits to the people who are insured with the DSS,” he explained. “This is why it is important for us as self-employed, employed or employers to pay DSS and be part of it.”

The Prime Minister said these grants are expected to increase by $250.00 every 3 years. He said the ceiling in insurable earnings will also be increased from $5,000 to $7,000 per month.

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11 Comments

  1. Pensioner
    January 3, 2019

    Good news to those who qualify for such benefits! However, It is my honest opinion the SS pensioners deserve a meaningful increase in their benefits. When was the last increase given?

    Similarly, the government pensioners are crying out for an increase in their pensions. It is over twenty years that they have not had an increase. Public officers have had about seven (7) salary increases over the said period. Even parliamentarians TOOK the double bubble last time, but nothing was given to the pensioners.

  2. sisserou
    January 1, 2019

    What hypocrisy Skerrit!! When someone dies and the hospital fail to give a death certificate to their relatives for whatever reason isn’t that preventing them from claiming a social security funeral grant?

  3. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    December 31, 2018

    “The Prime Minister said these grants are expected to increase by $250.00 every 3 years. He said the ceiling in insurable earnings will also be increased from $5,000 to $7,000 per month. ”

    Ignorant’ is bliss they say!

    To those people who finds it fit to give me thumbs down over my comment, I challenge the most educated, the smartest to explain precisely what has Roosevelt conveyed in the quote above.

    If I am ask me to explain that; I can’t, and I doubt any expert on social security benefit can explain that bit of nonsense. In the first place there is no place in the world where social security gives grants to people’ it is something earned by the quarter.

    A grant simple means the clown Roosevelt is talking about a one time gift, that is not social security payouts. In America one have to work for ten years and contribute into the system before they can receive such benefits.

    Now: SSI is something different: (Wont elaborate!) 

  4. As if
    December 31, 2018

    Can a male apply for Paternity leave??

  5. Not A Herd Follower
    December 31, 2018

    Not a well written article. It is a bit confusing reading it.

  6. December 31, 2018

    Its like a dank if you don’t save you don’t expect to withdraw there no bull about that.

  7. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    December 30, 2018

    It is difficult for one to understand how social security works in Dominica; of the basic principles used in the more developed countries to obtain benefits seems different to Dominica’s system.
    Here is how it works in America.

    While you work, you pay Social Security taxes. This tax money goes into a trust fund that pays benefits to those who are currently retired, to people with disabilities, and to the surviving spouses and children of workers who have died. Each year you work, you’ll get credits to help you become eligible for benefits when it’s time for you to retire. 

    Note: when the parent of a child dies the child is entitled to benefits until age 18 years old. If a person is disabled for life they are paid for life; the same applies to spouses!

    There are four main types of benefits that the SSA offers:

    .Retirement benefits

    .Disability benefits

    .Benefits for spouses or other survivors of a family member who’s passed

    .Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

  8. Say So
    December 30, 2018

    Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said that based on advice received from the DSS, Cabinet decided to amend regulations for the payment of both invalidity and survivors’ pensions and to establish maternity grants effective march 1st 2019.

    There is a maternity grant of 500 dollars in place .

  9. The eagle
    December 30, 2018

    The working ppl of the country deserve more…bcause it seems we have 2 walk up steps and bow and kneel ? To the king? I am certainly not happy for this begging nonsence….. 10 years we will have a begging State…😁😁

  10. The eagle
    December 30, 2018

    Only the working class who get to pay…..what about the NEP? Just bull……

    • Frank N Stein
      December 31, 2018

      NEP is not creating employment in the real sense. Its just govt taking taxpayers money and giving it away. It was suppose to be a training program to give unemployed work experience while they look for a real job. So next time your govt tell you they creating employment for you as an NEP ask them about this. Stop being fooled by vote gimmicks.

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