Pensions and benefits rise ‘to protect vulnerable’

Island pensions have risen by 4.7% from 1 April 2012, “to protect the more vulnerable members of the community,” says St Helena Government.

The three weekly rates are now set at £47.12, £35.34 and £22.50.

Income related benefits have gone up by the same percentage, to £45.34.

But some households will not see a rise in income – the overall figure will depend on the package of benefits they receive.

No household will see a drop in benefits. 

Councillors have expressed concerns about the effect of higher taxes on poorer islanders. The government statement says: “SHG and Councillors will continue to carefully monitor the impact of economic reforms on vulnerable and low income households and seek to apply appropriate protective measures.”

Further benefits increases are due in October.

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