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Jamaica: 30,000 persons to benefit from new social pension programme

It is estimated that more than 30,000 citizens will benefit from the Government’s new Social Pension Programme.

This was disclosed by the Project Director for The Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH) and the new Social Pension Programme, in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Elsa Marks Willis, during a recent interview.

The Social Pension Programme targets all Jamaican citizens 75 years and older who are not currently in receipt of a pension, retirement, old-age or disability benefit or income and are not living in a government institutionalised care facility and are generally described as vulnerable.

To register for this benefit, persons may visit the parish offices of the Ministry islandwide.  They will be required to complete a Social Pension application form, accompanied by their Tax Registration Number (TRN), proof of age in the form of a birth certificate or a valid passport.

They should also take along a valid identification, such as a driver’s licence, passport or voters’ identification.

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