Administrators now have a better understanding of the dynamics that each beneficiary home encounters since the revised Poverty Alleviation Programme (PAP) was introduced six months ago (from January to June 2023), which has improved services for individuals in need of help.
The key qualification criterion for households to get benefits is that they must earn less than $3,000 per month.
Priority was first given to helping households led by older citizens, people with disabilities, and people who have children after the re-registration process was finished.
According to Azilla Clarke, permanent secretary for the ministry of social development, the reorganization process provided a precise definition of a household, reducing any prior anomalies.
“You were not required to provide a list of your household members on the prior PAP application.
Since it only required a number, there were many duplicate households created, which resulted in more people in the household collecting benefits when it should have been a household benefit. Therefore, we can now verify that at every stage, said PS Clarke.
The addition of case management, in which a social worker regularly interacts with household members, has also been beneficial.
The permanent secretary stressed the significance of “having a person actually check in with the individual to understand their situation and, therefore, connect them with additional services and opportunities available through the state system, private sector, as well as civil society.”
It is also being utilized to provide policymakers with more information about how the less privileged members of society are coping with the post-COVID age. The development of new assistance programs, services, and benefits is made possible by the information provided.