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Pensioners get more

Published:Wednesday | April 21, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Pensioners are to receive a 20-per cent increase in benefits effective June 1.

This means that the full basic rate for old age, invalidity and widow's or widower's pension will climb from $2,000 to $2,400 per week.

This was announced yesterday by Prime Minister Bruce Golding during his contribution to the Budget Debate in Parliament.

Other benefits such as maternity allowance, employment injury, disablement and death benefits, funeral grants, old age grants, invalidity grants, widows and orphans grants will also move up by rates ranging from 11 per cent to 33 per cent.

Further payment for prescription drugs, diagnostic procedures, dental and optical services under the National Insurance Gold programme will increase by rates ranging from 25 per cent to 50 per cent.