Pension Payment Still Stands

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Minister of Labour and Social Security, Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo

Government’s National Insurance Department has revisited its recently announced plan to stop paying NIS pensions by cheque.

To this end, the Minister of Labour and Social Security, Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, has reassured pensioners that the proposed change would not now be enforced.

She said: "It is now proposed that, before any changes are made, further analysis of the situation will be done, and any changes will be phased in, with the ultimate aim being not only the efficiency of the NIS, but the satisfaction of those whom that Department serves."

Dr. Byer Suckoo pointed out that some pensioners currently took advantage of the option to have their pensions lodged in their bank accounts. "And, this will continue, but I am mindful that for many elderly people, this departure from the norm may pose some challenges.

"Therefore, those pensioners who would like to switch to that lodgement option, which has been available for a long time, can arrange to do so by contacting the NIS Office. All others will continue to receive their cheques every two weeks," she affirmed.

The Minister reiterated NIS and Government’s commitment to assist pensioners and not impose any undue hardship on them.??

sharon.austingill-moore@barbados.gov.bb

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