St Helena : INCREASE IN BASIC ISLAND PENSION & INCOME RELATED BENEFITS
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 25.05.2013 (Article Archived on 08.06.2013)
Recipients of Basic Island Pension (BIP) and Income Related Benefits (IRB) are to receive a 2% increase, backdated to 1 April 2013.
INCREASE IN BASIC ISLAND PENSION & INCOME
Recipients of Basic Island Pension
(BIP) and Income Related Benefits (IRB) are to receive a 2% increase, backdated
to 1 April 2013. This increase was agreed by Executive Council on 14 May 2013
as an interim measure to protect the more vulnerable members of the community,
whilst the recommendations of the recently received Social Welfare Review
report are considered after July’s General Election.
This means that BIP recipients on
£49.07 a week will now receive £50.05, those on £36.80 will now receive £37.54
and those on £24.54 will now receive £25.03.
Islanders on IRB will also see an
increase in their weekly benefits, and the maximum contribution for IRB
recipients who have privately rented accommodation will also increase from
£32.71 to £33.36 per week.
Households receiving benefits
under transitional protection arrangements may not necessarily receive an
increase on their current overall amount of benefits, as this will depend on
the amount of transitional protection benefits they are receiving. But they
will not lose out in terms of their overall amount of benefits compared to
before the increase.
The Health and Social Welfare
Directorate will be issuing letters to recipients of both BIP and IRB informing
them of the increases and any changes in their weekly benefits