Tag: Needs Assessment Unit

One-off vouchers go to WP holders in need

One-off vouchers go to WP holders in need

| 07/04/2020 | 47 Comments

(CNS): As government works on arranging airlifts for stranded foreign workers, now without jobs and unable to look after themselves, some of those in desperate need began receiving one-off food vouchers this week, each worth $150. The first vouchers were handed out Tuesday and more will be handed out Thursday. A total of 76 applications, […]

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NAU receives 81 new applications

NAU receives 81 new applications

| 31/03/2020 | 38 Comments

(CNS): The Needs Assessment Unit, which deals with welfare support, has received 81 new applications from families since the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Cayman, Premier Alden McLaughlin said Tuesday. Following what appears to be some concern in the community that local people who are making new applications are not being helped, the premier said that […]

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Woman discharged on NAU fraud conviction

Woman discharged on NAU fraud conviction

| 10/01/2020 | 35 Comments

(CNS): A 66-year-old woman walked away from court without a conviction Thursday, despite having admitted a fraud related charge after she failed to declare she owned a house worth around $290,000 while claiming money from the Needs Assessment Unit. Hermine Stoney had claimed poor relief for a seven year period, receiving just under $30,000. But […]

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Housing trouble rolls on for NAU

Housing trouble rolls on for NAU

| 20/12/2019 | 112 Comments

(CNS): Premier Alden McLaughlin, who is responsible for community affairs and the social welfare provision for those in need, has said that the ongoing refusal by many landlords to work with the Needs Assessment Unit is compounding the problems it faces. In a press release from the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) about […]

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Woman admits defrauding NAU

Woman admits defrauding NAU

| 31/07/2019 | 15 Comments

(CNS): A 65-year-old woman who was charged with fraudulently obtaining around $30,000 from the Needs Assessment Unit admitted on Monday to false accounting, just as her trial on two counts of obtaining money by deception was due to begin. The crown accepted Hermine Stoney’s admission to false accounting after she had failed to admit on […]

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Demo uses royal visit to raise social concerns

Demo uses royal visit to raise social concerns

| 28/03/2019 | 99 Comments

(CNS): A small silent demonstration was held at the airport on Wednesday evening as around a dozen concerned citizens used the opportunity of the royal visit and the arrival of the British press to attract attention to the struggles that many Caymanians are going through, despite all of the news of economic growth. The activists […]

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NAU identifies trend of ageing customers

NAU identifies trend of ageing customers

| 17/01/2019 | 67 Comments

(CNS): The director of the Needs Assessment Unit, Tamara Hurlston, told the Public Accounts Committee that her team had noticed a trend of increasing numbers of elderly people coming to them for help, especially indigent medical support, as meagre private sector pensions fail to stretch to the costs of health insurance.

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Social welfare plan taking shape, say officials

Social welfare plan taking shape, say officials

| 15/01/2019 | 18 Comments

(CNS): The Ministry of Community Affairs has said that the work it has been doing over the past year or more is beginning to inform a strategic plan for the country’s social welfare programmes. Just days before officials from the ministry and various departments, such as the Needs Assessment Unit, are due to appear before the […]

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Report shows 250% jump in welfare support

Report shows 250% jump in welfare support

| 06/08/2018 | 58 Comments

(CNS): A new report from the ESO documenting a variety of statistics in the Cayman Islands for 2017 has revealed a massive jump in the number of people seeking assistance from the Needs Assessment Unit last year, with a 254% increase in “miscellaneous supplements” given to people receiving some kind of government welfare, officials said.  The […]

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Poor Persons (Relief) Law under review

Poor Persons (Relief) Law under review

| 23/07/2018 | 31 Comments

(CNS): Government has confirmed a review of the Persons (Relief) Law (1997 Revision), which governors the current social welfare support provided to people by the Needs Assessment Unit. Responding in a ‘government minute’ to the findings of the Public Accounts Committee on a report by the Office of the Auditor General, which found a number […]

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Premier admits conundrum of poverty

Premier admits conundrum of poverty

| 05/07/2018 | 116 Comments

(CNS): Despite what appears on paper to be a growing economy and falling unemployment rates, in Finance Committee on Tuesday the premier accepted that more people are seeking support from the Needs Assessment Unit, as he asked the members for almost $2 million more in supplementary appropriations. In his role as community affairs minister, Alden […]

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