Deputy Director at the Dominica Social Security (DSS), Augustus Ettienne says the social security’s increase in its minimum pension was in keeping with Government’s increase to its social allowance pension.

Government this year increased its benefits to persons over the age of 70 from $200 to $300.

Ettiene told Talking Point on Thursday that the move resulted in an increase in the minimum benefits at the DSS as it was felt that members contributing to a scheme should not get less than non-paying persons.

Ettiene says that the increase in the minimum pension at social security has also now disqualified a number of persons from receiving assistance from the government’s social allowance pension.

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