Minister of Social Development and Family Services, Senator Donna Cox.

Dozens of Tobago pensioners who had their pension cheques stolen in February this year, have received their pensions.

Confirmation has come from the Minister of Social Development and Family Services Senator Donna Cox, who admitted to being happy that the incident was resolved, as promised.

“I am pleased to report that at the end of October, the 43 victims of pension theft in Tobago have received their pensions.” said the Minister in an official statement.

In February, the Trinidad and Tobago Postal Service reported the theft of 43 pension cheques in Tobago that were cashed in Trinidad. Minister Cox, who indicated that she was made aware of the matter during a courtesy call paid to the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development in September, encouraged persons to sign up for the Ministry’s Direct Deposit System.

“The Direct Deposit System will address the myriad of challenges encountered by clients complaining of lost, stolen or damaged cheques,” Minister Cox assured. “It is a safe and reliable system and will enhance the delivery of social services provided to the national community.”

The Direct Deposit is a service whereby cheques are deposited directly into the bank accounts of clients. It is an Automated Clearing House (ACH) transaction that is a safe, proven, confidential method of receiving a payment.

The Social Development Ministry is encouraging citizens to call the Ministry’s hotline number at 800-1MSD (800–1673) or visit a Social Welfare Office in their region, for further information on this initiative.

Information also can be sought online at the Ministry’s website, at www.social.gov.tt