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Non-contributory Social Protection Programmes Database
Latin America and the Caribbean
Non-Contributory Pension Program (2003-)



Date: 2003-
Web: Official website of the programme
Description: Non-Contributory Pension (NCP) was introduced in 2003 with the intention of alleviating poverty in Belize. It was initially designed to only cover women over 65 years old with inadequate or no source of income, but later in 2007, was amended to also include men over 67 years old under same condition. In order to be eligible for this program, possession of valid social security card is required.


Target population: 1) Female 65 years of age or older, Male 67 years of age or older without adequate source of income
Geographic scale: National
Targeting method: 1) Categorical : Requirements for age (65 years for women and 67 years for men), permanent residency and possesion of valid social security card
2) Proxy means test
Instrument of selection:
Registry of recipients:
Exit strategies or criteria:
Comments: The pension will be disallowed if the applicant is receiving support from any other local or external entities. Persons who are entitled to contributory long-term grant from Social Security Board as well as NCP can opt for either one of them, but not both. Once NCP is approved, the recipient must complete a declaration form every six months.


Legal framework: Social Security (Non-Contributory Pension for Persons 65 Years or Over Regulations), Section 22 of the Social Security Act, Chapter 44
Responsible organization(s): Ministry of Finance
Executing organization(s): Social Security Board
Responsible organization(s) for the registry of recipients: Social Security Board
Source of funding: Social Security Fund

1) Non-Contributory Pension

Recipient(s): Eligible men and women without adequate source of income
Mode of transfer: Monetary
Mode of delivery:
Periodicity of delivery: Monthly
Recipient of the transfer: Direct participant
Maximum per household:
Conditionalities: --
Sanctions: --
Comments: The amount of the pension at its initial introduction was set at BZ$ 75.00, but it was increased to BZ$ 100.00 in 2007. Only one person per household is allowed to receive the pension.
Amount : BZD$100.00; see data Excel format


The Feasibility of a Universal Pension in Belize

Author: Charles Knox-Vydmanov
Date: 2011
Publication info: HelpAge International
Link: See Webpage
Topic: General information


Belize Pension System

Author: Waldo Tapia
Date: 2015
Publication info: IDB Technical Note No. IDB-TN-767
Link: See Webpage
Topic: General information




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