THE Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation has requested an increment from government in its budget allocation for next year.
And if all goes according to plan, its minister, Dr Jiko Luveni, said more families under the Social Welfare Scheme would benefit.
"We have requested the same level that was allocated this year with just a little bit of an increase for the women's department," Dr Jiko Luveni said yesterday.
She said the additional allocation requested would support the programs she advocated for while travelling around Fiji.
"The additional allocation that we have requested for next year is really for the kind of programs that I advocate when I am travelling around Fiji. It is to support that so we can have many beneficiaries at the community level for women empowerment."
Dr Luveni said come 2014, her ministry would be responding more rapidly to applications received from members of the public for assistance.
"We have the same schemes that are available, come 2014 we will be responding much more quickly to applications that we receive given that we for the past two years have recertified all these beneficiaries so that they are included into the new reformed structures that we have."
The ministry was allocated $22.7million for the Social Welfare Scheme, $3.2m for pensions for persons aged 70 years and over, $5.9m for the care and protection program and $500,000 for the Welfare Graduation Scheme.