Welfare and NAB to be renamed

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.

3 Responses to Welfare and NAB to be renamed

  1. Sheralyn Rowe November 11, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Oooooo. Such important stuff. I’ve awfully proud. This would offer tremendous help to Barbados!!

  2. Sue Donym November 11, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Commission of Elder Affairs: not to be confused with a dating site for senior citizens.

  3. Chicka greene November 11, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    Really ! Is renaming these offices going to change anything. They were badly runned fie the past couple of years, is this supposed to be a magic wand ? O I know, it’s like when u file for bankruptcy u can start over. What manner of folly. Guess ur name will go down in history for something. Maybe that is ur goal stupse


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