EIGHT months after it was announced to take effect, Government has put in place the Disability Assistance Grant for children with disabilities.
This was announced recently by the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services as the New Disability Assistance Grant for Children.
The grant was introduced following the 2019 national budget and makes provisions to allow children with a disability to access a fixed monthly rate of $1,500 per child.
In his budget presentation last October, Finance Minister Colm Imbert said in Parliament, “...We propose to remove the age eligibility for the disability grant under the Public Assistance Act Chap 32:03 to allow disabled children under the age of 18 to access the grant. Currently, 1,024 disabled and special needs children receive grants of $800 under the Special Child Grant and $1,150 under the Public Assistance Grant. I propose to cease payments under these two outdated grants and to bring these recipients under the disability grant with an increased monthly grant of $1,500. This measure... will take effect on January 1, 2019.”