May 8, 2012
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REPORTED child abuse cases grew by an estimated 22 per cent in the Bahamas last year when compared to 2013, according to statistics released by Social Services Minister Melanie Griffin yesterday.
NEARLY 1,500 people in New Providence will be able to utilise the Department of Social Services’ new pre-paid debit card by the end of this month, Social Services Minister Melanie Griffin has announced.
THERE were 201 reported cases of child abuse in New Providence from July to December 2014, 86 of which were reported cases of neglect, according to Social Services Minister Melanie Griffin.
Bernard Nottage Dr Nottage has failed dismally in his role as Minister of National Security. He has the toughest portfolio and, unfortunately, this crime situation is a social issue (parenting, poverty, etc). No amount of police could fix this; the crime dynamic is bigger than police.
PERSONS receiving food assistance from the Department of Social Services should soon see an increase of as much as five per cent in benefits to offset the introduction of value added tax, Social Services Minister Melanie Griffin said.
SOCIAL Services Minister Melanie Griffin yesterday commended former FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner for “stepping forward” and taking on incumbent leader Dr Hubert Minnis for the leadership of the party.
PEOPLE with disabilities and their caregivers in Grand Bahama attended a forum with Minister of Social Services Melanie Griffin, who is spearheading consultation on the proposed Disability Bill.
WITH just eight months until the implementation of Value Added Tax, Social Services Minister Melanie Griffin says the government is working to enact a plan to alleviate the reliance of Bahamians on welfare.
FREEPORT – Minister for Social Services Melanie Griffin said the majority of senior citizens in the Bahamas are capable of expressing themselves and should be allowed to do so – particularly on matters that affect them.
SOCIAL Services Minister Melanie Griffin has revealed an alarming rise in poverty in the Bahamas.
ESTABLISHING a sexual offences court is one suggestion of a newly-created, government-launched task force designed at ending the country’s high levels of gender-based violence.
THE government’s 2013-14 budget contains an “aggressive, socially-driven, agenda that will wipe every tear from every eye,” Minister of Social Services and Community Development Melanie Griffin said.
OFFICIALS at the Ministry of Social Services and Community Development said a pilot study of the Proxy Means Test that will be used as part of the Conditional Cash Transfer System of the Bahamas Social Safety Net Programme went “extremely well” – despite some minor issues.
MINISTER of Social Services Melanie Griffin said she shared the plight of those living out east last week, as her yard was so flooded that she had to use unusual methods to leave the house.
BAHAMIANS must assume individual and joint responsibility for the positive development of their relatives if the destructive trends harming the country are to be reversed, Minister of Social Services and Community Development Melanie Griffin said.
OFFICIALS hosted a one-day conference for social workers, guidance counsellors and law enforcement officials about children’s rights.
OFFICIALS are still stumped on the details surrounding an alleged gang rape of a young school girl which came to light in the House of Assembly on Monday, Social Services Minister Melanie Griffin said yesterday.
THE government reaffirmed its commitment to elevate the status of the Bureau of Women’s Affairs by announcing plans to create a Department of Gender Affairs.
THE PLP was never opposed to a referendum on granting Bahamian women the same rights as Bahamian men to pass citizenship on to their children, Social Services Minister Melanie Griffin said yesterday.
PARLIAMENTARIANS have pledged to remove from the Constitution all forms of discrimination against women.
THE significant gains women have made over the years, and the untold stories of Bahamian women leaders will be the focus of two panel discussions to be held as part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of women’s suffrage.
MORE residential care facilities are needed for an ever-expanding population, says Minister of Social Services and Community Development Melanie Griffin.
GROWING concerns over the prevalence of domestic violence has prompted Social Services Minister Melanie Griffin to remind the public of existing legislation designed to intervene in “toxic relationships”.
A RESOLUTION to borrow $7.5 million for the government’s Social Safety Net Programme was passed in the House of Assembly yesterday.
THE government will allocate $7.5 million towards necessary social safety net reform, Minister of Social Services Melanie Griffin announced.
THE Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute’s decision to “significantly increase” its outreach programmes has resulted in a greater number of Bahamian women seeking careers in non-traditional job sectors, Minister of Social Services and Community Development Melanie Griffin said.
YOUNG ADULTS could be given new training opportunities to help them as they move into work.
THE PLP won a massive victory yesterday, and many of the faces that defined the first Christie administration are returning to the House of Assembly. Bains