The Government department responsible for providing welfare assistance to the less fortunate is to undergo a name change by the end of this year.
Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett announced today that in a bid to end the stigma associated with obtaining assistance from the Welfare Department, Government would be renaming that department, as well as the National Assistance Board.
“We [understand] the stigma attached to the Welfare Department and those who present [themselves]. We want to change the entire ethos of the Welfare Department so that people would not feel badly about themselves [when seeking] the services that they [the Welfare Department] offer,” Blackett told reporters on the sidelines of the Salvation Army’s kettle appeal launch in Jubilee Gardens, The City.
Once approval is given by Parliament, he said the Welfare Department would be called the Department of Social Services while the NAB is to be referred to as the Commission of Elder Affairs.
“The National Assistance Board is going to be called the Commission of Elder Affairs and that agency is specifically to administer the national policy on aging, which was administered by this Government,” Blackett said, adding that Government was committed to working closely with local non-governmental organizations to fight intergenerational poverty.