Presented by The Ministry of Finance

Social Assistance

The Government is dedicated to assisting the most vulnerable members of society through various targeted programmes and initiatives.

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Rise Program

In an effort to provide targeted relief to those in need, the Government is reinstating the RISE Programme. This program is designed to give direct cash transfers using a pre-paid debit card to those most in need. 

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Unemployment Support

Recognizing the hardship placed on Bahamian homes as a result of the magnitude and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government has extended the Unemployment Assistance Benefit programme to December 2021 and pledged to provide additional aid in the amount of a one-time $500 lump sum payment at Christmas. This lump sum payment is meant to alleviate some strain during the upcoming holiday season.