Last updated: 09/3/2020

Programme Details

Programme objectives

Non-contributory Assistance Age Pension was first instituted in 1997 to provide assistance to persons who could not have contributed for a pension and therefore are not entitled to any contributory pension. Later, it was amended with another program in 2009 that includes the elderly who suffered negative impacts on income because of the global economic crisis of 2008/2009.

Programme components
i) Non-contributory Age Assistance Pension: Persons of age 57 years or older on the 5th of January, 1987. This pension program is sometimes also paid to some banana farmers who were displaced from the industry. ii) Elderly Age Benefit: Persons of age 45 years or older on the 5th of January, 1987. This program was later implemented in 2009 to help the worsening situation of the elderly after the global economic crisis in 2008/2009.

Targeting and eligiblity

Eligibility criteria
Persons of age 45 years or older on the 5th of January, 1987 (75 years or older in 2017). The beneficiaries of this pension should not be engaged in any remunerative employment and their regular source of income should not exceed the pensionable amount of this program. Also, they should have been actively employed for a significant number of years before the 5th of January, 1987 (the term ''significant'' is undefined). The residence criteria for this pension are to be resident of St. Vincent and the Grenadines i) at the date of claim, ii) for at least 5 years of the last 8 years, and iii) for at least 25 years since the claimant's 20th birthday.

Coverage and other information

Legal Framework
Section 28 and 53 of the National Insurance Act (Chapter 296), SRO13 of 1994 amended by SRO1 of 1998, SRO41 of 2002, SRO20 of 2005, SRO12 of 2008, SRO 61 of 2008.]Responsible organization(s):Ministry of FinanceExecuting organization(s):National Insurance ServicesSource of funding:National Provident Fund.