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Non-contributory Social Protection Programmes Database
Latin America and the Caribbean
Senior Citizens'Pension (ex Old Age Pension) (2001-)
Trinidad and Tobago

 

 

Date: 2001-
Web: Official website of the programme
Description: The SCP is a monthly grant paid to persons aged 65 or more based on their income and residential status. SCP recipients must be resident in Trinidad and Tobago for 20 years preceding the date of application. Any periods of absence must not exceed five years in the aggregate during the 20 years preceding the application. SCP recipients must also have spent a period of at least fifty (50) years total in the country to be eligible for the benefit.
   

Characteristics

Target population: Senior citizens 65 years old or older in a situation of socio-economic vulnerability.
Geographic scale: National
Targeting method: 1) Categorical: Senior citizens 65 years old or older. SCP recipients must be resident in Trinidad and Tobago for 20 years preceding the date of application. Any periods of absence must not exceed five years in the aggregate during the 20 years preceding the application. SCP recipients must also have spent a period of at least fifty (50) years total in the country to be eligible for the benefit.
2) Verification of indirect means (proxy means test): Income lower than non-contributory pension.
Comments: The programme changed its name from Old Age Pension to Senior Citizens' Grant in 2008 and then to Senior Citizens' Pension in 2008.
   

Institutionality

Legal framework: Senior Citizensí Pension Act, updated 31 December 2014.
Responsible organization(s): Social Welfare Division (SWD) of the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services (MSDFS)
Executing organization(s): Social Welfare Division (SWD) of the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services (MSDFS)
Source of funding: Government of Trinidad y Tobago
   

1) Senior Citizens' Pension

Recipient(s): All programme participants
Mode of transfer: Flat transfer
Mode of delivery: Transfer to bank account or check mailed directly to recipient's address
Periodicity of delivery: Monthly
Recipient of the transfer: Direct participant
Maximum per household: Two transfers
Conditionalities: Does not have
Amount : TTD 500-3500 in 2016, see data in excel format

 

Social Protection Floors in Action: 100 success stories to achieve Universal Social Protection and SDG 1.3. Universal pensions and care for elderly people. Trinidad and Tobago

Author: ILO
Date: 2017
Publication info: Policy brief from the Social Protection Department, International Labour Organization (ILO).
Link: See Webpage
Topic: General information

 

Social Protection Floors. Volume 1. Universal Schemes.

Author: Ortiz, I., V. Schmitt and L. De.
Date: 2016
Publication info: ILO publication
Link: See Webpage
Topic: General information

 

 

 

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