Thursday, January 29, 2015

500 Additional Clients Receive Government-Issued Pre-Paid Cards

More than five hundred beneficiaries of the Department of Social Services' Food Assistance Programme were presented with their Pre-paid Cards Monday as part of the Government of The Bahamas' Social Safety Net Reform Project.

All other persons who have been certified eligible for assistance will be added to the new payment system at the end of February, 2015.

Minister of Social Services and Community Development, the Hon. Melanie Sharon Griffin said the Government of The Bahamas, cognizant of the fact that the payment of Value Added Tax (VAT) on food items will impact the purchasing power of beneficiaries of the Food Assistance Programme, has made the decision to increase the rate of assistance by five per cent "to counteract this."