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Approximately 86 per cent of government pensioners including spouses and dependants of deceased officers, will receive an increase in their pension benefits come January 2006.
Minister of Information, Senator Burchell Whiteman, who made the announcement at yesterday’s (Dec. 5) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, said that the increase would range from $14,400 per annum at the low end of the pension scale, to $6,000 per annum for persons receiving over $75,000 per month or $900,000 annually. He further explained that the payment model was decided on after consultation with representatives of the Jamaica Government Pensioners’ Association, and would be effective from July 1, 2005. The approved model will allow 17,655 of the 20,528 pensioners paid by the Accountant General’s Department, to receive increases. The remaining 2,873 pensioners are paid by other agencies.
Since July 1991, pensioners have been granted annual increases in their benefits, with the last adjustment made on July 1, 2004.
“For the last 13 or 14 years, the government has made adjustments to the levels of pension payments to ease the burden on pensioners occasioned by movements in the cost of living” Senator Whiteman noted.