The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services have updated the layout and design of all its social welfare cheques. According to the ministry these changes are in keeping with international standards. The Ministry anticipates that with the new cheque system, a more efficient and secure environment will be created to better serve all its clients. The following is a press release from The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services:

In keeping with international standards, the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services recently updated the layout and design of all its Social Welfare cheques. These updated cheques are embedded with special security features that will help reduce the instance of fraud.

The Social Welfare Cheques include the core areas like Senior Citizens’ Pension, Public Assistance Grant and Disability Assistance Grants, Disability Assistance for Children, Food Support and other social support grants. This is in keeping with the Ministry’s efforts to strengthen the administration of its grants, in order to mitigate fraudulent activities.

All Merchants, Grocers and Commercial Banks are kindly asked to accept the cheques with the old format with dates on or before October 30, 2021.

The Ministry anticipates that with the new cheque system, a more efficient and secure environment will be created to better serve all its clients. For any enquiries or further information, persons can contact their Local Board Office or call the Ministry’s toll-free hotline at 800-1MSD (1673).