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40 districts to receive senior citizens grants

THE ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development has unveiled forty new districts to receive Senior Citizens Grants in the next five years, starting with 20 districts this financial year.

The grants, an equivalent of sh25,000 per month given out in form of a bimonthly cash allowance is given to older persons above 65 years of age (60 years for Karamoja region) to enable them meet their personal needs.

The government has budgeted for sh149b for the 40 districts from 2015/16 financial year to 2019/20 commencing with 20 districts whose older persons will benefit from sh9b budgeted for this financial year. Payment for the first batch of 20 districts is expected to start in January 2016.

Government has been remitting allowances for 15 districts under the pilot project program since 2011, which will also continue receiving grants, bringing the number to a total of 55 districts on the program in a five-year period.

Development partners including the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and Irish Aid have also committed an additional sh290.6b towards sustaining the program in the pilot districts as well as support for institutional capacity building for its implementation
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Social protection: Uganda makes progress, but challenges persist

Elders-receive-cash-2Erineo Bahemirwa struggles to stand up on his own without any support due to his advanced age.
The 82-year-old is a resident of Kyesiga, a suburb of Hoima municipality, Hoima district. Though he is too old for any kind of work, he still meets his basics of life.

Dokolo elderly persons demand SAGE program

2015_9largeimg210_Sep_2015_235623407-703x422ELDER persons in Dokolo district have urged the government to consider expanding the Social Assistance Grant for Empowerment (SAGE) program to economically empower the aged. “They should also us protect us by empowering us economically because we have grandchildren to pay school fees for,” Enaciti Okot 78 said.

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