Last updated: 24/3/2022

Basic Information

Country
Geographic area
Population group
Elderly persons, Persons with disabilities

Programme Details

Programme objectives

The non-contributory old-age pension is targeted to help the elderly and the blind or deaf mute who do not earn a sufficient income. In order to receive this pension, the participant should meet the age and residency criteria as indicated and should not be in receipt of any other kind of pension from local or external entities. Persons who are under imprisonment are exempt from the benefits.

Targeting and eligiblity

Eligibility criteria
The lawful pensionable age is specified as 66 years and 6 months for 2017 and 67 years in 2018. The residency requirement is 12 years since attaining the age of 40 years or an aggregate of 20 years since attaining the age of 18 years for citizens of Barbados, and 15 years since attaining the age of 40 years or an aggregate of 20 years since attaining the age of 18 years for permanent residents. If a blind or deaf mute person has a source of income that exceeds BB$ 30.00 per week, that person is disqualified for the pension. Also, the recipients should not be absent from Barbados for more than 6 months during any one of continuous period of 12 months. Persons who are in-patients in institutions that are maintained by the government are not entitled to the pension.

Coverage and other information