Last updated: 09/5/2019

Basic Information

Geographic area
Population group
Elderly, Persons with disabilities

Programme Details

Programme objectives

Description:Non-contributory assistance pension is provided to senior or disabled citizens without stable income or other support who are not entitled to contributory pensions from Social Security Board of St. Kitts and Nevis. The pension is only given to ordinary residents of the nation and long absence from the country may lead to disqualification for the benefit.  
 

Legal framework: Part IV of the Social Security (Benefits) regulations, 1978.

References
ECLAC n.d. “Non-Contributory Assitance Pension “. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Non-contributory Social Protection Programmes Database website. <https://dds.cepal.org/bpsnc/programme?id=149>. Accessed 23 January 2019.
Start date
1998
References
ECLAC n.d. “Non-Contributory Assitance Pension “. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Non-contributory Social Protection Programmes Database website. <https://dds.cepal.org/bpsnc/programme?id=149>. Accessed 23 January 2019.
Coverage
Total effective: 473 recipients (2015).
References
ECLAC n.d. “Non-Contributory Assitance Pension “. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Non-contributory Social Protection Programmes Database website. <https://dds.cepal.org/bpsnc/programme?id=149>. Accessed 23 January 2019.
Programme expenditure
Total US$: 539.583 (2015). GDP: 0,06% (2015).

Targeting and eligiblity

Targeting methods
Means Test
Categorical Targeting
Targeted areas
Nationwide.
Target groups
Elderly and persons with disabilities.
Eligibility criteria
Persons over 62 years old. Senior or disabled citizens without stable income or other support who are not entitled to contributory pensions from Social Security Board of St. Kitts and Nevis. Ordinary residents.Persons with disability from age 16 to 62.
References
ECLAC n.d. “Non-Contributory Assitance Pension “. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Non-contributory Social Protection Programmes Database website. <https://dds.cepal.org/bpsnc/programme?id=149>. Accessed 23 January 2019.
Eligibility reassessment (if any)
The pension is only given to ordinary residents of the nation and long absence from the country may lead to disqualification for the benefit.

Coverage and other information

Type of benefits
Cash.
Amount of benefits
1) Non-contributory age assistance: EC$ 250 (2014). 2) Non-contributory invalidity assistance: EC$ 250 (2014). Comments: Until 2004, the assistance pension was paid EC$ 100 twice a month, therefore EC$ 200 in total monthly.
Payment/delivery frequency
Monthly.
Benefit delivery mechanism
Flat transfer.