Mex­ico widens small se­nior pen­sion plan

Penticton Herald - - WORLD -

MEX­ICO CITY — Pres­i­dent An­dres Manuel Lopez Obrador has ex­panded na­tion­wide a pro­gram that pro­vides small pen­sions to Mex­i­cans over age 68, an ex­ten­sion of an ef­fort that he be­gan in Mex­ico City while mayor of the cap­i­tal in 2000.

Lopez Obrador said Sun­day that the el­derly will re­ceive 2,550 pe­sos — about $133 — ev­ery two months to help cover ba­sic needs.The start­ing age will be 65 for peo­ple in in­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties, which tend to have more poverty.

Lopez Obrador said his gov­ern­ment has set aside $5 bil­lion to cover the pay­ments to 8.5 mil­lion se­niors this year, part of a widen­ing safety net that also in­cludes pay­ments to poor stu­dents.

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