Modernisation of Social Assistance Programmes

Project Updates as at 31 May 2017

Status: Business Planning

  • This project has delivered proposals for change through an OBC which was reviewed by the BCRP on May 10, 2017, and is now being finalised with consideration of the feedback provided.
  • In parallel, the Ministry continues to work with its agencies on implementing specific recommendations stemming from the Auditor General’s performance report, “Government Programmes Supporting Those in Need”, which was published in July 2015. Current work is focused on the areas of legislation, assessment processes, eligibility criteria and policies.

Next key milestone: Finalisation of OBC for submission to PFSC (estimated completion timeline: June 2017).

Estimated project completion timeline: N/A – Project has not yet been initiated.

Project Updates as at 30 November, 2016

Status: Business Planning

During this reporting period, as a result of a competitive tendering exercise, the Ministry anticipates making a contract award to a leading consultancy firm by the end of December, 2016, to prepare the necessary business case for the project.

Project Updates as at 25 May, 2016

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Minister: Hon. Osborne Bodden

Project Sponsor: Ms. Dorine Whittaker, Chief Officer

Overview (taken from Cabinet’s Project Future Programme Brief): This project will create a coherent, Government-wide policy towards the social assistance programmes that the Government operates, with clear objectives and underpinned by appropriate, up-to-date legislation. It will also evaluate the effectiveness of current programmes against these objectives.

Status: Not yet  progressed.   

Ministry/Portfolio Update:

  • As per agreed timelines, an Outline Business Case is currently scheduled to be delivered by 30 November, 2016.
  • The Ministry has commenced preparations to draft an Outline Business Case. Initial meetings have been held and the collection of data has commenced.