The Department of Social Insurance issued monthly pension cheques ahead of schedule this month, as a precautionary measure ahead of Hurricane Jose.

The monthly payments for September were processed last week, earlier than usual due to “any likelihood of Hurricane Jose becoming a potential threat”. As a result, pension benefit payments were paid earlier this week.

A spokesperson said benefits paid via direct deposit would be available as of today, Tuesday, September 12th at HSBC and BNTB,  Cheques sent by mail were due to be delivered on Wednesday, September 13th.

The spokesperson also thanked the Accountant General’s Department and the General Post Office “for their collaboration and assistance at such short notice, which provided for beneficiaries to receive their monthly payments earlier”. Payments were originally scheduled to take place on Friday, September 15th.

Premier David Burt also commended “the relevant Government Departments” for “their proactive approach”.

“While the potential threat of Hurricane Jose is diminishing, the Government places importance on ensuring that our seniors are able to access their payments early to allow for any necessary storm preparations,” he said.

Members of the public can call the Department of Social Insurance directly at 294-9242 for any questions or queries.