GIS - November 13, 2013: Budget 2014 announces measures to reinforce social safety nets, support the elderly, as well as better help the most vulnerable families out of absolute poverty.
- Increasing the Basic Retirement Pensions by 3.7%.
- Eligible elderly to opt either continuing with the monthly free medical visit, under the medical domiciliary visit programme, or benefit from cash allowance amounting to Rs 6,000 per year, payable in monthly installments.
- Personal alarm bracelets or pendants to 1,000 elderly and persons with severe disability.
- Rs 12 million to complete the Recreation Centre at Pointe aux Piments.
- A fourth Recreation Centre for Senior Citizens at Riambel.
- Increasing all social aid benefits by 3.7 %. This includes payments under the new Child Support Scheme introduced last year and which now covers some 6,300 children monthly.
- Raising the family income ceiling for parents to qualify for Carer’s Allowance, by Rs 100,000.
- Increasing the age limit to 18 years for children with severe disabilities, incontinent, bedridden so that they benefit from Special Allowances. Presently these allowances are provided to children aged up to 15 years.
- Doubling the accommodation capacity for persons with severe disabilities with the construction, to the tune of Rs 24 million, of two additional wings at Foyer Trochetia.
- Substantial increases in fines, under the Finance Bill, to be imposed by Courts on all those who defraud the social security system.
- Introduction of Social Impact Bonds, a new financial instrument, to reward NGOs upon delivery of results under social integration. Government will pilot the Social Impact Bonds in 2014, with programmes to rehabilitate ex-convicts and drug addicts.
- Rs 100 million in 2014 for an Income Support Programme to cover some 8,000 vulnerable families living below the Poverty Intervention Line set at Rs 6,200.
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