The main objectives of the service for Public Assistance, the Elderly and the Disabled, are to safeguard every individual΄s right to a decent standard of living; to offer financial or other support to vulnerable groups of people; to encourage the strengthening of bonds between the elderly and the disabled with their family and their local Community; and to end the reliance of public assistance recipients on public assistance benefit and achieve their social inclusion.
Legislation on Public Assistance incorporates employment incentives to encourage social inclusion and gradually end the reliance of public assistance recipients on public funds. Special categories of vulnerable persons i.e. persons with disabilities, single parent families, families with four or more children and families in high risk of dissolution are entitled to public assistance even if they are employed full-time. Additionally, the Social Welfare Services materialize a project which is co-financed by the European Social Fund and the Government of Cyprus through which, public assistance recipients receive training and upon its completion are expected to be placed in the labour market in subsidised work positions.
In order to meet the above-mentioned goals the Service has introduced the following programmes:
- Public Assistance.
- Services for the Elderly and the Disabled.
- Schemes offered by the service for Public Assistance, the Elderly and the Disabled.
- Benefits and Services provided to the Enclaved.
- Composition of Socio-economic reports.