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Pensioners urged to verify information with Accountant General’s Department

Published:Monday | May 2, 2016 | 9:58 AM

The Accountant General’s Department is urging some pensioners to visit its offices to verify their information or risk not receiving their pensions for this month.

An advertisement in The Sunday Gleaner yesterday said pensioners who are represented by an agent should visit the Accountant General’s Department during this week with their agents.

It says these pensioners and their agents will be required to present valid identification and proof of address.

The department says this is to facilitate a verification process being undertaken by the Accountant General’s Department.

It says failure to visit its offices by Friday will result in the non-payment of pensions for the upcoming month.

Early this year, an Auditor General report disclosed that the national Insurance Scheme (NIS) was at risk of failing because of poor governance, which has contributed to the disbursement of billions in payments without checks to see if the right people were getting their pensions.

There are also cases in which the NIS issued millions in overpayments.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security pays pension benefits of over $14 billion to over 109,000 persons annually.