Belize

Basic country data

  • Population 60 and over (2018)
  • 24,108
  • % of total
  • 6.3%
  • Population 60 and over (2050)
  • 89,654
  • % of total
  • 23.4%
  • Total pension coverage*
  • 57%
  • Does the country have a social pension?
  • Yes
  • Region
  • Latin America & Caribbean
  • Income group
  • Upper middle income

% of older people (65+) receiving a pension, by type

Data on social pensions

Non-Contributory Pension Programme (NCP)

Basic scheme information

Data on social pensions

  • Name of pension or programme
  • Non-Contributory Pension Programme (NCP)
  • Year first social pension introduced
  • 2003
  • Administrative Organisation
  • Social Security Board
  • Legislative Underpinning
  • Social Security Law, 1979.

2015

Belize Social Security Board: Non Contributory Pension Program (webpage)

Eligibility criteria

  • Age of eligibility
  • 67 (men) and 65 (women)
  • Targeting approach
  • Means-tested
  • Detailed eligibility criteria
  • Posses a valid social security card. Those who are eligible for other pensions, are employed or self-employed, or receive from any source adequate income to support themselves are excluded.
  • References and notes

2015

The feasibility of a universal pension in Belize (HelpAge International)

Social Security Programs Throughout the World: The Americas, 2013 (Belize)

Adequacy

Coverage

Cost

Resources on the pension in Belize

  • The feasibility of a universal pension in Belize

    Year: 2011 | Published by: HelpAge International

    Author: C. Knox-Vydmanov

    This study, published by HelpAge International, considers the feasibility of implementing a universal pension in Belize. This would build on the current means-tested Non-Contributory...

  • Social Security Programs Throughout the World: The Americas, 2009

    Year: 2010 | Published by: Social Security Administration (SSA), International Social Security Association

    Author: Social Security Administration (SSA), International Social Security Association (ISSA)

    The fourth issue in the current four-volume series of Social Security Programs Throughout the World reports on the countries of the Americas. The combined...

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