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5963 new recipients to benefit from Social Pension scheme

July 15, 2018 4:25 am

Five thousand nine hundred and sixty three new recipients are expected to benefit from the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation’s Social Pension Scheme.

The Social pension scheme provides $100 monthly allowance to Fijian who are 65 years of age and older who have no form of income and have never been beneficiaries of a superannuation scheme.

Minister responsible Mereseini Vuniwaqa says the Ministry has been allocated more funding in the new financial year to cater for those in need of assistance.

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“My Ministry has received $133 million dollars. This is a total increase of $19.6 million from the last budget allocation. For us at the Ministry and the very important clientele that we serve this budget is not only a family, it is an empowering budget.”

This allocation has been increased by $10.2 million allowing for an expansion to 5963 new recipients.

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