The Social Security National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) has increased the pension benefits of pensioners by 18%, the corporate Affairs Manager of SSNIT, Eva Amegashie has disclosed.

“On the whole there has been an 18% increment for 2017. There is a fixed rate of 15% which everybody is going to collect of whatever salary you are earning plus GHc 17.41 and this will equal the 18 % increment,” she said in an interview.

The  increment is however, lower than that of 2016 which was  perked at 20%. Per the current hike, pensioners are expected to receive GHc334.81 as benefits from GHc276.00.

In the meantime, all fresh pensioners from January 2017 will receive a minimum monthly pension benefit of GHc276.00.

Also, SSNIT urges all pensioners who have not yet re-registered for their biometric smart cards to do so by 28th February 2017.

All unregistered pensions, according to a statement by the scheme, will have their pension payment delayed if they do not re- register for their smart cards.

“It helps us to know those on the pension scheme and you can even use the biometric card for any identity…We have moved into a new environment so even those who are not pensioners are advised to get the smart card,” said Amegashie.