Welfare system overhaul aims to better help residents in need

Dean Jonas, Minister of Social Transformation

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An overhaul of how residents in need are protected and assisted by the government is gaining momentum.

The Welfare Act 2020 aimed to help people ensure an adequate standard of living and basic necessities accessible and affordable.

Under its predecessor – the Poor Relief Act 1961 – there were no clear eligibility criteria to identify poor and vulnerable people and decisions were made on a case-by-case basis.

The new law addresses this and the Ministry of Social Transformation has now completed the first phase of re-registration of the country’s welfare recipients.

Eligibility criteria include a household income of less than EC$1,500 per month. The target groups are people aged 65 and over in a low-income household of two or less; low-income single parents and two or more dependents; low-income households with three or more dependents; and low-income households that include people with severe disabilities.

For more information, call 562-7515/6, email [email protected] or go to the Social Welfare Council head office on Cross Street to get an application form.

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