NAU reviewing eligibility of its clients

| 02/10/2023 | 77 Comments
Cayman News Service

(CNS): Needs Assessment Unit (NAU) clients now have until 10 November to complete pending reassessments to confirm their eligibility for financial assistance from the public purse. Every year, the NAU spend millions of dollars helping those in need because they are unemployed or unable to work. Last month, some clients did not get their September payments because they failed to complete the review.

However, the deadline to complete the assessments has been extended, so those missing last month’s payment will receive it in the coming days. Officials from the Ministry of Social Development said the cash is a lifeline for many in times of need, and the NAU is dedicated to ensuring the well-being and financial stability of those who require their help.

The NAU said it was dedicated to serving the community and ensuring everyone in need receives the support they deserve and that it strives to continually improve the way services are delivered to clients. Nevertheless, NAU Director Tamara Hurlston said they must still ensure compliance with eligibility requirements.

“Periodic reassessments ensure that our assistance is given to those who qualify and need it most. These assessments occur every three years, aligning with individual circumstances and our eligibility criteria,” she said, adding that benefits would be secure provided people met the new deadline next month.

Chief Officer Ebanks explained that assessments had to be done to make sure those receiving assistance met the eligibility criteria, but there should be additional notice provided before the services were terminated.

“If you didn’t receive your September payment of financial assistance due to a pending reassessment, rest assured that by 6 October 2023, you will be temporarily reinstated. However, if pending requirements are not submitted to NAU within the extended grace period, the result will be termination of services for non-compliant clients by 31 December 2023 at the latest,” she warned.

Not wanting to leave anyone in need, officials urged people to contact the NAU, where staff are striving to make the application process as seamless as possible.

People applying for the first time or renewing assistance can apply online here.

For comprehensive guidance, visit the NAU website’s Forms section, where clients can find the NAU Application and Application Eligibility Self-Assessment and Guide.

For more help, call 946-0024 or e-mail NAUInfo@gov.ky
or visit the NAU website or Facebook page.

Clients can also visit 55 Seafarers Way in George Town
Monday to Thursday, from 8:30am to 4:00pm.

The NAU will also be visiting the districts next month according to the following schedule:

  • West Bay: Friday, 6 October
  • Bodden Town: Friday, 13 October
  • East End and North Side: Friday, 20 October

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Europeans went to America and took over that land and everything from the American Indians. The Indians did not ask them to come. Caymanians are asking by work permits the Jamaicans to come and take over Cayman Islands. Caymanians are the fools, yes, big, big fools. But fools can’t see that they are fools.Can’t fix stupid.

  2. Anonymous says:

    hello government they are cutting funds to the elderly like over 90 years old people and handicapped people with proof of the needs of help and you are sitting back letting this happen why don’t they cut your pay a little to balance the rock no you just let the elderly suffer along with handicapped. I smell retaliation violent protests in the cooking.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Anywhere east of SMB is now considered Jamaican dominated territory. We need to fix this problem!

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  4. Anonymous says:

    On a slight aside … what happened to the english test people were supposed to pass to be allowed in? Spanish seems to be becoming our first language, with many hispanics refusing or pretending to not know how to speak english. This includes staff at ALT, Hurleys etc. And I heard an ad on the radio in spanish???? Seriously!!

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    • Anonymous says:

      Why aren’t Jsmaicans made to take an English test too. What they speak is not English it’s Patois. Anytime my order is wrong at a drive-thru it’s actually the so-called Englush speaking person taking it.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Lets not forget the many many Caymanian passport holders that move to the uk to be on benefits too.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Cayman Islands won’t have such issues if it becomes a libertarian state. A government’s job is to uphold law and order. Nothing more. Nothing less. Charity is personal.

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  7. Anonymous says:

    How many civil servants receive services from NAU on a regular basis? How many NAU employees receive services from NAU?

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  8. Anonymous says:

    Should investigate who gave access to NAU funds to people who aren’t eligible in the first place!

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    • Anonymous says:

      Who the hell would downvote this? What is wrong with this place? If civil servants are giving out public money to people who aren’t entitled to it then they are either incompetent or fraudulent. Which is it? Bailing out the boat is one thing but it’s still going to sink if we don’t fix the leak.

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      • Corruption is endemic says:

        Both can be correct.

        My general experience has been that many in CIG that are fraudulent are also not competent…

  9. Anonymous says:

    So who is hiring the Jamaicans that you are complaining about?
    Who is marrying the Jamaicans that you are complaining about?
    Who is having babies for the Jamaicans that you are complaining about?

    Picking on the Jamaicans – but what about those from Honduras?India? Guyana?Phillipines? Etc?

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    • Anonymous says:

      It is Jamaicans (often with status) that are doing the things you speak of. No seeing so much amongst the other nationalities you reference. Perhaps they just need time to catch up.

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      • Anonymous says:

        You’re right tho, Hondurans and Guyanese don’t hesitate to scam whenever they can.

        Indians however are far more dangerous. They come from a country where lying cheating and corruption are standard daily practice….terrifyingly so when airline pilots can buy their licenses to fly…and fake educational certificates are the norm.

        Jamaicans still top the list of every kind of scam or crime you can dream of.

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        • Anonymous says:

          I think you are referring to Pakistan. India has corruption and fake degrees but fake pilot license may not be the case. Otherwise, Indian pilots would have been grounded a long time ago as they are for Pakistan at this point of time.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Labelling a whole country as one thing or the other is intellectually lazy and unfortunately there’s a lot of these people in CNS comment section lately. imagine going around saying Europeans are all pedos and Americans or all school shooters.

    • Anonymous says:

      8:43 am Not picking on the Jamaicans. just fact, they are the worse of all the expats here. even a blind person can see that. Stop work permits from there ASAP.

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  10. Anonymous says:

    If November 10th, 2023 is the extended deadline, what was the initial deadline? and, what sort of Official Notice or Public Notice was disseminated to inform NAU Clients of the Initial Deadline.
    Just Asking– as I see no mention in this CNS article of a proper Official Notice/Public Notice and an Initial Deadline.

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  11. Anonymous says:

    Why the hell are Jamaicans at NAU? Let’s start there!

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  12. Anonymous says:

    how about putting liens on property.
    like the lady who goes to NAU but owns 100 acres out east.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Did it ever occur to you that the acres could be family owned and she can’t sell? How about she is Caymanian and don’t want to sell off her birth right. If she is Caymanian, thank God she isn’t selling off her land.

      If she is Caymanian and elderly, I am quite sure she did her part in building the economy and this is her home; so yes she deserves assistance.

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      • Anonymous says:

        no one is saying she has to sell it?
        just put a lien on it.

        if it’s family then why arn’t they looking after her.

        i own my place in Ctystsl Harbour. I no longer have an income.
        Should I sell it and live somewhere cheaper or just sponge of the NAU and ley everyone else pay for me.

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      • Anonymous says:

        MAINTENANCE ACT. You should read it sometime.

    • Anonymous says:

      Did it ever occur to you that the acres could be family owned and she can’t sell? How about she is Caymanian and don’t want to sell off her birth right. If she is Caymanian, thank God she isn’t selling off her land.

      If she is Caymanian and elderly, I am quite sure she did her part in building the economy and this is her home; so yes she deserves assistance.

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  13. anon says:

    2.28pm Let’s see some real evidence that foreign nationals are dipping into the NAU pot along with the large numbers of locals.

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  14. Anonymous says:

    Director Hurlston needs to audit the abuse of NAU in Cayman Brac.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Amen to that. Plenty of abuse on Brac. But not much Miss Hurlston can do about it – clients know that they just got to go to M0$e$ or Saint Juliana – they make it happen.

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  15. Anonymous says:

    All Jamaican nationals whether visitor or resident (work permit) should be made to take a written and practical road test. This is beyond ridiculous now. The number of near misses I have had in the last week would give anybody nerve trouble.

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  16. Anonymous says:

    Any Caymanian who marries a foreign national should have to be financially responsible for that person and any children living in Cayman for at least 10 years.

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  17. Anonymous says:

    2:28 pm, you are so very true. Stop
    giving foreign people and people just got status.

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    • Anonymous says:

      How on earth does someone soon to be in need of NAU get PR or status? Who the hell is writing their references and who the hell is accepting them?

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      • Anonymous says:

        Immigration Points System:

        Do you have 5% of last year’s income? Yes – then maximum points for being rich.

        You a were unemployed last year, but have a dollar? Congratulations! Maximum points for being rich.

        Our politicians did this. Our civil servants helped them.

  18. Anonymous says:

    STOP supporting foreign nationals, including Permanent Resident, on an extended basis. Our immigration laws prohibit it, and yet you keep doing it! You are bankrupting our country and harming the viability of our community.

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    • Anonymous says:

      I had no idea that you could get NAU benefits if not Caymanian. Is this true? What the?!

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      • Anonymous says:

        Yup. Hundreds.
        Hundreds of foreign nationals in government school, for free as well!
        Also, hundreds of foreign nationals getting free school meals.
        Hundreds of foreign nationals getting free healthcare.

        All paid for by the Caymanian people.

        We call it Caymankind. They call us suckers. We are so screwed.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Thousands of Jamaicans pouring into Cayman, and the first to have their hands out for freebies.
      All they have to do is “marry” a Caymanian or be a baby daddy, and away we go, feeding and housing thousands of uneducated unemployables.

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