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Social Welfare Division

 

The Social Welfare Division (SWD) of the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services offers a range of Social Assistance Grants to persons in need, who have little or no means of support. There is absolutely no charge to access or process these grants and the entire process may take up to 90 days for completion.

 

In 2014, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago increased several of these grants including the Senior Citizens’ Pension, Disability and Public Assistance Grants. 

Core Roles and Functions:

The mandate of the SWD is as follows:

  • To provide income support to persons over 65 who satisfy other criteria of income and residence.
  • To provide income support to the disabled, between ages 18 and less than 65, and who satisfy other criteria income and residence.
  • To provide financial assistance to the infirm and needy.
  • To provide assistance on behalf of children whose parents have died, deserted, or are ill, or imprisoned. 
  • To enhance the quality of life of recipients and other necessitous persons.

 

Services Provided:

The major grants administered by the SWD include:

  • Senior Citizens’ Pension
  • Public Assistance Grant
  • Disability Assistance Grant

 

Included below are details on these grants and requirements for applicants.

 

Senior Citizens’ Pension 

This programme provides financial assistance to Senior Citizens of Trinidad and Tobago

 

Who Qualifies

Age - Persons sixty-five (65) years and over

Residence - Applicants must be resident in Trinidad and Tobago for twenty (20) years preceding the date of application. Any periods of absence must not total more than five (5) years during the twenty (20) years preceding the application.

 

OR

The applicant must have lived fifty (50) years in total in Trinidad and Tobago. N.B. (the years do not need to be consecutive)

 

Income - Applicant’s monthly income must not exceed $3,500 TTD per month (pension varies according to monthly income)

 

How to Apply

  • An application form can be collected and completed at the Local Board Office in your district.
  • Applicants may be required to attend an age assessment meeting with the Local Public Assistance Board.
  • The Assistance Board decides on all applications and rejected persons have the right to appeal.

 

Documents Required for Application:

Birth Certificate and /or Affidavit

I.D. Card

Passport

Bank Passbook

Marriage Certificate (married woman)

National Insurance Information

Any other document relevant to the individual’s application

Payment Schedule

 

Income

Senior Citizens
Pension

$0-$1,500.00

$3,500

$1,500.01 -$2000

$3000

$2,000.01 -$2,500

$2500

$2500.01- $3,000

$2000

$3,000.01 - $3,500

$1,500

$3,500.01 -$4,000

$1000

$4000.01 - $4,500

$500

 

 

Disability Assistance Grant

This programme provides financial aid to persons with disabilities who are citizens of Trinidad and Tobago and are unable to earn a livelihood. The quantum under this grant is $1,800.00 per month.

 

Who Qualifies

Age - Persons must be eighteen (18) years of age.

Residence - Applicants must be a resident of Trinidad and Tobago for three (3) years preceding the date of application.

Periods of absence from the country must not total more than six (6) months during those three (3) years.

Income - Applicant’s annual income must not exceed $12,000 TTD per annum.

Disability - Applicants must be, in the opinion of the Local Board, unable to earn their livelihood as a result of their disability.

 

How to Apply

• Applicants must satisfy all four (4) criteria.

• Application and Medical Report forms can be found at the Local Board Office in your district.

• Applicants are then required to attend a disability assessment meeting with the Local Public Assistance Board.

• The Assistance Board decides on all applications and rejected persons have the right to appeal

 

Documents Required for Application:

Birth Certificate and /or Affidavit

I.D. Card

Passport

Bank Passbook

Marriage Certificate (married woman)

National Insurance Information

Medical Report from a Government Officer

Any other document relevant to the individual’s application

Public Assistance Grant

This grant provides financial aid to vulnerable citizens, unable to earn a living to support themselves or dependents because of illness, injury, imprisonment, death and/or abandonment by a parent or guardian. It is also paid on behalf of needy children whose fathers, mothers or both parents have died, are hospitalized, imprisoned or have deserted the family. This grant is also paid to a parent or guardian on behalf of a child with a severe disability and where the household income is deemed inadequate.

 

Who Qualifies

Age - Persons must be eighteen (18) years of age.

Persons must be certified by a Government Medical Officer as unable to earn a livelihood due to illness

Persons found to be living under needy conditions with little or no means of support.

Public Assistance may also be granted on behalf of necessitous children where the father (or both Parents) is dead, institutionalized or has deserted and cannot be found, also children with special needs (Special Child).

 

How To Apply

• Application and Medical Report forms can be found at the Local Board Office in your district.

• Applications can also be made through referrals from other Agencies.

• An investigating officer will visit each applicant to assess his/her needs.

• The Assistance Board decides on all applications and rejected persons have the right to appeal

 

Documents Required for Application:

Birth Certificate and /or Affidavit

I.D. Card

Passport

Bank Passbook

Marriage Certificate (married woman)

National Insurance Information

Children’s birth certificate (where applicable)

School Reports

Medical Reports

Death Certificate (where applicable)

Any other document relevant to the individual’s application

 

No. Of Persons

Payment Schedule

$1150

2

$1400

3

$1600

4 or more

$1750