Trinidad and Tobago’s safety net covers sickness and maternity leave, old age, disability and survivors of war, besides work injury under the National Insurance Board.
The country is responsible as well for the National Social Development Programme, a special programme designed to assist low income communities by providing and improving the supply of water and electricity to communities, residences, recreational, sporting and other facilities.
The Target Conditional Cash Transfer Programme is a short-term food assistance and developmental initiative that is specifically intended to benefit vulnerable persons and families with limited or no income. It intends to support upgrading the skills of transfer recipients through the conditional component. The programme, which started in 2005, operates within a system of debit card, the TT Card, which gives to the recipients the ability and freedom to purchase basic food items.