The MPBS has extended a lifeline to help me bridge my financial concerns. Their ready support and kindness has been a beacon of light and I will always be indebted to them
WHAT IS THE MPIBS?
It’s your benevolent society. Founded in 1931 by people working in the motion picture industry, the Society provides financial and emotional support to currently employed, or retired, members of our industry – exhibition, distribution, production or post-production – who have fallen on difficult times and have a genuine need.
WHERE DOES THE MONEY COME FROM?
The Society relies on donations from industry enterprises and individuals, particularly those who make regular yearly donations. However, as generous as these contributions are, the current level of annual donations needs to increase in order to meet the continuing call on the Society’s funds.
WHAT IS THE LEVEL OF SUPPORT PROVIDED BY THE MPIBS?
There is no set yardstick or formulae. It all depends on the circumstances of each individual. In addition to individual needs, the MPIBS provides annual “Winter Comfort” and “Christmas Cheer” payments to beneficiaries.
HOW DOES THE SOCIETY ASSESS AND SUPPORT BENEFICIARIES?
Assessments are undertaken in the strictest confidence by the MPIBS Chairman of Investigation & Relief, who recommends to the MPIBS Council a level of support appropriate to the particular needs of the individual. Financial assistance only supplements government pensions, and may include a quarterly subsidy for gas, electricity and telephone. The MPIBS can also provide ‘in kind’ support by way of essential medical aids, such as wheel chairs or breathing apparatus, heaters and even TV sets.
HOW LONG DOES THE ASSISTANCE LAST?
For as long as is needed. Beneficiaries are reviewed carefully and confidentially every 18 months to 2 years to ensure that there has not been any significant change to their circumstances. Depending on how they are going, their relief payments can be increased, decreased or left at existing levels.