Statements by Derya Yanık, Minister of Family and Social Services, to Habertürk

Derya Yanık, Minister of Family and Social Services, answers questions from Mehmet Akif Ersoy in Habertürk.

Highlights from Minister Yanık’s statements are as follows:


Thankfully, there was no loss of life in the Düzce earthquake, and the condition of our wounded is getting better and better. As a Ministry, we are one of the responsible ministries within the scope of disaster response. We got organized as soon as we were aware of the Düzce earthquake. Our psycho-social support teams and representatives of our Social Solidarity and Solidarity Foundation landed on the field. We have provided psycho support to 3140 people so far. Detection is made regarding the loss of belongings of our citizens. A resource of 1 million liras was sent to Düzce for the first acute needs by our Social Solidarity and Aid Foundation. After the damage assessment is clarified, we will again provide the necessary support to our citizens.

We look at it as an effort to increase the welfare level of the masses who cannot reach social welfare sufficiently. Our social assistance is our main point from birth to death; If our citizen supports the state’s needs at any point in his life from the moment he is born until he dies, we will be there. While there were 4 items in 2002, today we provide social assistance under 50 headings. This has nothing to do with poverty. Our understanding of social work began to emerge as a supply rather than a demand. It is understandable that we are striving to increase social assistance titles and increase the welfare level of our citizens. First of all, we try to explain the logic of social assistance. Our social benefits have two main legal bases. Law no. 3294 and 2022. We provide cash and social service support to our citizens in need. We support our poor and disabled citizens. We support the caregiver of disabled citizens. Likewise, supporting the elderly and supporting the caregiver of the elderly. When we look at it in this framework, we have social assistance under various headings such as supporting the widowed women, supporting the children of soldiers and their families, starting from birth, at whatever point our citizens need them in childhood, if they have a need in terms of access to employment in the youth stage.

No issues with accessibility. Those in need do not seek us, we find them. Our citizens can apply directly via e-government. If they could not reach the foundations, we make the necessary guidance when they reach our social service center and institutions as a ministry. Although they are social assistance beneficiaries, we have a large number of citizens who apply for social assistance from digital media. These methods are very common and facilitating methods. Our citizens do not come and say, ‘I need something like this, I am applying under this title’. He’s coming, we’re looking at the conditions. We define the service according to the household’s total income and demographic situation. Citizens are not in a position to classify or create status.

We provide housing and accommodation support to women who have at least three children under the age of 18 whose spouse has passed away. As human beings, we all have basic needs. Security, health, housing, education, etc. Shelter, especially for deceased spouse, low income, 3 or more children. After meeting their needs starting from the most disadvantaged group, they can also be men or women with two children, one child, childless, unmarried. Reaching them gradually, that’s what we do. We thought, starting with the most disadvantaged group, that we should multiply the components in accordance with the fair distribution of social welfare. We have created a scale according to income status. We added the child component. At the point of supporting the households according to the number of children. We provide natural gas support. We provide electricity consumption support. If there are disabled citizens in the household who use devices connected to continuous electricity consumption, we meet those needs.

The measure here is not gender or participation in employment, but the number of people in the household and per capita income. Naturally, women are the beneficiaries of 65 percent of our social benefits. Since income distribution is taken into account. We have newly opened titles. We provide the family support program, the nationalization of loyalty support programs, the transformation of our soup kitchen programs into a national character, and the supply of devices that measure subcutaneous tissue in type 1 disease in children aged 0-14. Approximately 12 thousand children will benefit from this. These are studies that can be expanded again depending on the situation.

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By Peter Kavinsky

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