Implementation of the new social assistance program as of next September

“Society Development” begins receiving requests for “inflation allowance” bonuses

  • Hessa Buhumaid: "The new social support program will include a larger number of beneficiary Emirati families."

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The Minister of Community Development, Hessa bint Issa Buhumaid, confirmed the start of receiving requests for allowances instead of inflation, starting yesterday, for those who meet the conditions, while the implementation of the new social assistance program will start next September, in implementation of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State. Restructuring the integrated social support program.

She added that the restructuring consolidates the vision of the UAE leadership, that the country will be one of the best countries in empowering society in all its categories, and supporting and providing the best quality of life for citizens in the country.

Buhumaid stated that "the social support program will include a larger number of families, and the goal is to translate the vision of our leadership to provide the best quality of life for citizens."

She pointed out that "the program is an important pivotal step in the social work sector, confirming the UAE's determination to continue launching major government initiatives with the aim of enhancing the quality of life of the people of the country, especially among low-income groups," adding that the Ministry of Community Development has begun working to provide support to those eligible throughout. All state, in coordination with the relevant authorities.

In detail, the Ministry of Community Development indicated that the social support program for low-income people in the United Arab Emirates has a total value of 28 billion dirhams, with annual social support raised from 2.7 billion to five billion dirhams annually.

The support program covers the entirety through the ministry, while the program includes three main axes to support Emirati families with low incomes, including new allocations for support, increased allowances, and the creation of allowances for inflation and basic needs, such as foodstuffs, water, electricity and fuel.

She confirmed the start of disbursement of the allowances next September, explaining that "the social assistance will be sums of money to be disbursed to eligible people with limited income according to the terms and conditions, and that the eligibility conditions are determined according to the social situation."

The minister revealed that the categories of beneficiaries of social assistance include families in which the breadwinner has reached the age of 25 years and above, and works, and the family has an income less than the value of the assistance determined for the number of family members, and the retired who supports a family and the family income is less than the value of the assistance determined for the number of family members, according to the conditions and provisions.

Senior citizens, the medically incapacitated, people of determination who do not have an income exceeding the value of the prescribed assistance for the number of family members, families of prisoners, orphans, and those of unknown parentage who do not have an income that exceeds the value of the prescribed assistance, are entitled to social assistance.

Widows who have son/sons of people of determination and whose total income is less than the assistance prescribed for the number of family members, divorced women who have son/sons of people of determination and whose total income is less than the assistance prescribed for the number of family members, and widows during the waiting period and whose total income is less than the value of The assistance prescribed for the number of family members, and every person who does not work and has reached the age of 45 and does not have an income that exceeds the value of the assistance.

The value of social assistance

The ministry explained that the value of social assistance is calculated according to the number of family members and their entitlement to allowances, and it varies from one family to another according to social conditions.

The main beneficiary will receive an amount of 5,000 dirhams, and the wife will receive an allowance of 3,500 dirhams, while the allowance for the first son is 2,400 dirhams, the second and third sons will be 1,600 dirhams, and the fourth son and his successors will be 800 dirhams.

The allowance for children enrolled in university studies is raised to 3,200 dirhams for outstanding students enrolled in specific universities.

The housing allowance allowance, which amounts to a maximum of 2500 dirhams, is added if the conditions of the allowance are applied, and the experience allowance for the working and retired head of the family is added by 2000 dirhams to the basic amount every 10 years until the basic amount reaches 13,000 dirhams per month.

The primary beneficiary, who is 45 years old and does not work, receives conditional social assistance in the amount of 2,000 dirhams, which increases by 1,000 dirhams every five years, to reach 5,000 dirhams when he reaches the age of 60, and his wife receives a wife's allowance of 1,000 dirhams until she reaches 3500 dirhams when the husband reaches the age of 60 years.

The main beneficiary, the job-seeker, also receives temporary social assistance for a period of six months at a value of 5,000 dirhams, and the rest of the allowances related to the wife and children apply to him.

The Ministry of Community Development stated that the beneficiaries of the electricity and water subsidy will be carried out in coordination with the concerned authorities, so that a monthly subsidy of 50% is provided for electricity consumption less than 4,000 kilowatts, and a monthly water subsidy of 50% for water consumption less than 26,000 gallons.

And it confirmed the opening of the registration door to request electricity and water subsidies, starting yesterday, through its website.

This support is owed to the family in which one of its members (husband or wife) or both works and whose total income is less than 25 thousand dirhams per month, and this is done by calculating the monthly salaries, pensions, returns from commercial licenses, returns from rental properties and income from invested real estate.

Retirees who have children under the age of 21 who are unmarried, do not work, and whose total income is less than 25 thousand dirhams per month (the Ministry must be informed of changes in family income and changes in marital status) are also eligible for electricity and water support.

fuel subsidy

The Ministry of Community Development stated that the fuel subsidy for some groups of society with low incomes will be in the event that fuel prices rise above 2.1 dirhams / liter, where the amount of the subsidy will be calculated according to the monthly fuel prices.

The government will provide a monthly subsidy of 85% of the value of the fuel in this case, and the value of the subsidy may vary depending on the case, as the head of the employee family is entitled to a subsidy of 300 liters, while the working wife gets an additional 200 liters.

The employed breadwinner, from the husband or wife, receives a subsidy of 300 liters, if one of them does not have the support (retired or not working).

In addition, the pensioner, from the husband or wife, receives a subsidy of 300 liters if he has children under the age of 21, who are not employed and unmarried and one of them is not supported (retired or not working).

(The fuel subsidy request will be approved in the ADNOC Distribution smart application and will be linked to the ID number).

The support is paid to families with an income of less than 25 thousand dirhams, and they have individuals on the job.

Families whose members (husband or wife) or both are working and whose total income is less than 25 thousand dirhams per month are entitled to support.

It also includes retirees who have children under the age of 21 who are unmarried and do not work, and their total income is less than 25 thousand dirhams per month.

This is done by calculating monthly salaries, pensions, returns from commercial licenses, returns on leased property and income from invested properties.

food bonus

The ministry indicated that food subsidies will be spent at 75% of the inflation rate of basic foodstuffs.

The value of the subsidy is linked to the change in inflation rates for basic foodstuffs, and the subsidy increases with the increase in inflation.

The family will be supported by the main beneficiary (the applicant).

The food allowance can be benefited from through the outlets selling goods and foodstuffs approved for this initiative, which will be announced during the coming period.

The support is paid to families with an income of less than 25 thousand dirhams, and they have individuals on the job.

Families whose members (husband or wife) or both are working and whose total income is less than 25 thousand dirhams per month are entitled to support.

It also includes retirees who have children under the age of 21, who are unmarried and do not work, and whose total income is less than 25 thousand dirhams per month.

This is done by calculating monthly salaries, pensions, returns from commercial licenses, returns on leased property and income from invested properties.

The mechanism for applying for support and assistance

The Ministry of Community Development stated that the mechanism for applying for social assistance and inquiries related to support, will be through the website and smart application of the ministry (www.mocd.gov.ae), and registration using the digital ID or the Emirates ID.

Social Support Program:

■ It targets Emirati families and people with low incomes whose income is less than 25 thousand dirhams per month, according to social status.

■ It aims to support the formation of Emirati families, encourage the continuation of education, and reward experienced citizens for their giving to the nation.

■ It takes into account the rise in inflation rates and keeps pace with economic changes.

■ He added bonuses and privileges to the value of social assistance that supports the stability of the family, such as the housing allowance and the university education allowance for outstanding students.

■ mobilizes more incentives, programs and initiatives in cooperation and partnership with the concerned authorities in social affairs, and efforts are integrated with local governments.

■ Supports employees with limited income.. Retirees can apply for support from those who meet the conditions.

■ Apply through the website of the Ministry of Community Development.

“Social assistance is sums of money that are disbursed to beneficiaries with limited income.”

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