Department of Social Security

The Department of Social Security is responsible for the administration of the Gibraltar Social Security Scheme. The main objective of the Department is to administer the various Social Security Acts that are connected to the payment of social security benefits, the primary legislation being:

  • The Social Security (Employment Injuries Insurance) Act;
  • The Social Security (Insurance) Act;
  • The Social Security (Non-Contributory Benefits and Unemployment Insurance) Act;
  • The Social Security (Closed Long-Term Benefits and Scheme) Act; and
  • The Social Security (Open Long-Term Benefits Scheme) Act.

In administering the social security legislation, the Department of Social Security is composed of various departmental sections as follows: The Unemployed Benefit/Industrial Injuries Section; the Social Assistance Section; the Pensions Section; the Overseas Pensions Section; and the Accounts and Administration Section. The Department is broadly responsible for receiving claims, assessing entitlements, arranging payments and dealing with all enquiries relating to the different social security benefits.