Last updated: 20/1/2020

Basic Information

Geographic area
Population group
Elderly persons, Persons with disabilities

Programme Details

Programme objectives

The non-contributory Old-age Assistance Programme came into force by the passing of the Social Security Amendment Act of 1993. The programme serves its purpose in providing pensions for those who never got the opportunity to contribute to Social Security because of their old age. The assistance pension is designed to be terminated with the death of the last recipient. People with disabilities and visual impairments who are not able to earn their own livelihood are also covered by the programme with the same benefits as beneficiaries due to the age.


Targeting and eligiblity

Targeted areas
Target groups
i) Persons who have attained age 65 or more in 1993. ii) Persons who are blind or with other disabilities, who have attained age 60 and are unable to generate autonomous income.
Eligibility criteria
Persons who were at the age 65 or more in 1993, or 60 in the case of people with visual impairments or disabilities and residency annual income less than EC 5,000. In addition to the age and disability requirement, the recipient must have ordinarily resided in Antigua and Barbuda for at least 15 years for citizens and 20 years for non-nationals preceding the date of application for the programme. The income from all sources of the recipients must not exceed EC$5,000 per annum. The two target population groups receive the same benefits under one programme.

Coverage and other information

Type of benefits
Payment/delivery frequency
Benefit delivery mechanism
Flat transfer.