The UAE cabinet has approved $3 billion (AED11bn) in worth of social assistance for all low-income groups over the next three years, to be divided up into a number of categories.
Sheikh Mohammed, Ruler of Dubai and Prime Minister of the UAE, announced that $1 billion (AED3.88bn) would be provided in social assistance for the elderly; $22m (AED1.55bn) for those with a financial and health deficit; $462m (AED1.7bn) for ‘people of determination’ and $50m (AED183.9m) for families of prisoners, among other categories, as part of the federal government's social assistance plan.
The move to provide the funding came following the radio call from Ali Al Mazrouei, an Emirati citizen, concerning high costs of living in the UAE and the difficulties that some Emiratis face meeting them with their salaries.
Al Mazrouei attended the Cabinet meeting where the announcement of funding was made. He was also given a new position of social researcher at the Ministry of Community Development.
During the meeting, the Cabinet reviewed the report of the Ministry of Community Development, which included the needs of citizens with low incomes and identified six main requirements: housing, basic needs, transportation, financial support, healthcare, education and work.
The Cabinet also discussed ways of monitoring and addressing the social security requirements to cover all segments of low-income groups and directed the relevant ministry to conduct field surveys, to develop long-term plans, and to propose urgent solutions to a range of topics, news agency WAM reported.
"The priorities of the government were and will always remain our citizens, we reviewed the report of the Ministry of Community Development today and asked to conduct field surveys and develop long-term plans and propose urgent solutions for a range of topics," said Sheikh Mohammed.For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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