Money wait

NIS announces three-week delay for benefits after hardware malfunction


That is how the head of the Barbados Association of Retired Persons (BARP) has described the announcement by the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) that the disbursement of tens of thousands of benefit cheques are now on hold.

The National Insurance Scheme (NIS) said today that the delivery of all benefits, including pensions, would be delayed due to a hardware malfunction which has severely affected its computer network.

“The NIS technical team has been working consistently to rectify the matter, but it is anticipated that it will take about three weeks to correct the problem and restore the network to its full capacity,” the NIS said in a statement.

This means that pensioners who should have received their cheques by now, will be forced to forego them for close to another month.

The situation has not gone down well with executive members of BARP.

“It will be devastating to its members and I really hope the NIS finds an alternative for paying pensioners,” president Ed Bushell told Barbados TODAY this evening.

Another senior official expressed similar sentiments, indicating that some assistance would have to be provided for elderly persons who need these payments to get by.

“For most pensioners, both weekly and monthly, it’s their only source of income and it will be difficult for them to be able to buy anything. [And] to wait three weeks, that’s going to be hard,” he told Barbados TODAY.

“There are pensioners who live from pension cheque to pension cheque and they plan their lives on those cheques . . . Even though both monthly and weekly paid pensioners will be hard hit, it is going to be a bigger challenge for the weekly paid ones.

“The National Insurance will have to find a short-term solution . . . some advance or something to help these people. They have to devise a way,” he insisted.

The BARP executive said while some may be able to “hold on for a week”, it was unreasonable to expect pensioners to wait three weeks.

The association official noted that a significant number of its 42,000 members would be impacted.

The challenges at the NIS will also seriously inconvenience persons expecting benefits for sickness, maternity, unemployment, severance, employment injury, as well as funeral grants and invalidity grants.

“The National Insurance Office apologizes for the inconvenience caused,” the department said in its statement.    

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12 Responses to Money wait

  1. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce September 30, 2014 at 3:55 am

    You lot making pure mock sport. Put pen to paper. Why are you still issuing cheques when the funds can be paid into the citizens bank accounts. You all are ridiculous wanna expect the citizens to live off air pudding and wind sausages. The teachers, Medical staff, Transport Board, Sanitation Dept went without pay and now it’s the Pensioners and less fortunate turn. Look go and seek help from the IMF before the situation get worst. Barbados have NO natural resources and the tourist can’t even feed themselves let lone Lil Bim.

  2. Badd Hombre
    Badd Hombre September 30, 2014 at 4:13 am

    Hardware malfunction my tail!!.. Why wunna don’t tell de ppl de truth.. Wunna mean this government cripple de NIS fund now wunna struggling!!

  3. Frederick Alleyne
    Frederick Alleyne September 30, 2014 at 4:43 am

    Is this a hardware malfunction or a hard cash one?

  4. Nikki Brown
    Nikki Brown September 30, 2014 at 6:49 am

    This is outrageous and unacceptable. Barbados has become a freaking joke.

  5. Steve Jemmott
    Steve Jemmott September 30, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Come on now ! We all know the truth !, So how long can it take to write them? (paper to pen) . Aren’t the amounts the same always, making it easier ( to calculate …?*`%*k )….. lol!

  6. Barker Antony
    Barker Antony September 30, 2014 at 10:03 am

    No back up tier system like what is done in commercial banks do they we are stupid!!!!

  7. Sonia Romain
    Sonia Romain September 30, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Where have my sweet living Barbados gone. with tears in my eyes please come back.

  8. Sandra Madea Straker
    Sandra Madea Straker September 30, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    What de hell dem want ppl to do..can’t pay bills can’t buy food..and de PM and MPs living good Kick DEMS OUT or we the ppl dead.

  9. Sandra Madea Straker
    Sandra Madea Straker September 30, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    What de hell dem want ppl to do..can’t pay bills can’t buy food..and de PM and MPs living good Kick DEMS OUT or we the ppl dead.

  10. jr smith September 30, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    This sounds as like a core or server problem, you all are jokers, no resilience, no off site back up.

  11. aburke October 3, 2014 at 10:49 am

    OH DEAR HOW sad first the solid waste tax , now computer
    malfunction the poor and government dependants are really
    hard hit ,


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