Manifesto – Consolidating Social Protection
An NDC government will continue to consolidate and expand the interventions that have been implemented over the last four years and introduce additional social protection initiatives to sustain the livelihood of the vulnerable and lift others out of poverty.
- Implement a graduation programme that identifies vulnerable persons to be trained and empowered to own their own businesses;
- Develop an enhanced national household registry that identifies vulnerable persons and extremely poor persons for support;
- Increase LEAP beneficiary households to 350,000;
- Artisanal fishing communities, coastal and inland, and deprived inner city communities including Zongos will not only be targeted for the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty Programme but will also be one of the earliest beneficiaries of the Progressively Free S.H.S. intervention while we work to ensure substantial transformation of these communities under the Economic Transformation and Livelihood Empowerment Programme (ETLEP);
- Improve access to quality healthcare by continuing to register vulnerable persons including indigents, kayayei, prisoners, aged persons and persons with disability on NHIS;
- Pursue the passage of the Aged Bill and the Social Protection Bill;
- Improve the targeting of social protection interventions to cater for excluded groups such as out-of-school children, child-headed households, people with severe disabilities, lepers and the aged and urban poor;
- Continue the empowerment of kayayei by extending the 1,000 pilot Out-of-School (Kayayei) YEA Programme to cover 10,000 kayayei even as we work to provide them with alternative livelihood opportunities;
- Continue the process of registering all 1.7million pupils in school-feeding schools on the NHIS;
- Expand the coverage of Elderly Persons Welfare Card (EBAN), to enable more of the aged have preferential access to banking services, hospitals and free metro mass transit bus rides;
- Upgrade the EBAN card into an electronic card for financial transactions;
- Introduce a Special Economic Scheme for Senior Citizens (SPESSEC) under which vulnerable senior citizens above 65 years who are not on any formal pension scheme will be granted a bi-monthly stipend by the State.
- Offer special assistance for the education of pupils and students with special-needs including, but not limited to, schools for the blind, deaf, autism and cerebral palsy;
- Introduce motorized transport (tricycles) for physically challenged persons. Demonstration models will be presented to the National Federation of Disabled Persons for evaluation;
- An additional 30% increase of the District Assemblies Common Fund reserved for Persons with Disability to cater for their free NHIS subscription.