Barbados government finalises plans to replace Welfare department

Kirk Humphrey - the Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy of Barbados, has announced that the Barbados government is finalising the plan to operate welfare and social service departments under one roof that is - Department of Family and Children Services in Barbados.

Barbados: Kirk Humphrey – the Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy of Barbados, has announced that the Barbados government is finalising the plan to operate welfare and social service departments under one roof that is – Department of Family and Children Services in Barbados.

The Maritime Minister made this announcement during Sunday’s Branch meeting of the St. Michael South Branch of the Barbados Labour Party at the Graydon Sealy Secondary School, Barbados.

He asserted that “Very soon, the welfare and the other agencies would be replaced by a new agency that is – Department of Family and Children Services in Barbados, which is constituted to reduce the duplication and better care to you.”

The Maritime Minister further informed that the document for the change is almost finalised. He added, “The government is going to pull together all of the different departments in the Ministry of People’s Empowerment and make all of the social services originated-sectors and institutions together to be able to serve you better and to be better able to respond.”

Following the statement, the minister added that the objective of this new department would be to reduce the problems of citizens, address their needs, and provide opportunities for progress to the citizens of Barbados island.

He added that this new department would also assist in providing services close to the country’s citizens.

The Maritime Affairs Minister said that this decision was taken after the government received many complaints about the slow and irregular responses being faced by the citizens whenever they attempted to access Welfare and other social services. Therefore, the Barbados government initiated the step to establish a new modernised department for its residents.

He further concluded that “We have heard you, we understand that your concerns are real and we are making changes to the department, some of these social care services have so many cases sometimes that they are overburdened.”