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Accessing pension grant ‘dishonestly’

Published: 
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Since David Rudder sang Trini To The Bone, this expression has been bantered in many quarters, but are we patriotic towards T&T by our actions or words only?

Let us use as an example of the Pension Grant, better known as Old Age Pension, for those over 65 years of age.

In the 1980’s onward to the 1990’s Trinbagonian had been leaving the shores of T&T for greener pastures in the USA and Canada by the thousands, some with residential status others hoping for the God-send Green Card. Their favourite words were “T&T too hard, they cannot live here any more,” leaving their kids behind. Of those of us who stayed and struggled, some of us are retired public servants, others are recipients of the Pension Grant.

With the world recession and money being hard to come by, these T&T citizens by birth and holders of US Citizenship and Residential Status, having spent some over 35 years and collecting Social Security benefits from the US government, are now on a mission to collect T&T Pension Grant.

Some are self-employed and are also in breach of one of the stipulated requirements as stated in the Act, of having lived in the country of T&T for the past 20 years. A thorough Immigration investigation will show their (a) dual citizenship (b) travel patterns.

Mr & Mrs T&T, please do not allow our monies to leave these shores by dishonest means.

ANDRE BELFONTE
Westmoorings

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