Are you receiving an income or disability assistance cheque from the provincial government? If so, you're in for a big surprise. It turns out the Campbell administration will soon require those payments to be deposited directly into your bank account. And just to make sure you go along with the plan, the Liberals are offering big incentives to those who sign-up - such as tube socks. According to a leaked email, "when clients sign-up for Direct Deposit between February 22 and March 29, 2006, they will be able to pick two from a choice of three benefits, which include: 5 pairs of Cotton Socks (or) 2 T-Shirts (or) 1 Portable Mug." The email, which was distributed by employment and income assistant deputy minister Cairine MacDonald on Monday, goes onto note "The selected items will be placed in a canvas bag. This offer is available ONLY while supplies last." The following is a complete copy of that email.
From: MacDonald, Cairine EIA:EX
Sent: Mon 13/02/2006 10:54 AM
Cc: Chandler, Penelope E EIA:EX
Subject: Direct Deposit - Sign-up Benefit for Clients up to March 29, 2006
Effective today, the ministry is introducing policy and system changes to support the mandatory direct deposit of income and disability assistance payments. Client uptake for Direct Deposit has historically been quite high (almost 70% for eligible cases). As a result of this success and in order to further streamline the cheque payment and dispersal process, the ministry has initiated a shift to Direct Deposit as the standard or required method of payment.
As you are aware, direct deposit provides clients with a number of benefits by reducing the visibility of cheque issue day and taking cash off the streets. It is a safe, convenient and dependable way for clients to access their funds. Direct deposit also benefits ministry clients and staff by reducing lost and stolen cheques and reducing traffic in EIA offices on cheque-issue day. Another benefit is simplicity and business continuity - of value to clients and the ministry if there were to be a natural disaster such as happened in New Orleans or a pandemic.
In order to accelerate the move to direct deposit, the ministry is introducing a time-limited sign-up benefit for clients. When clients sign-up for Direct Deposit between February 22 and March 29, 2006, they will be able to pick two from a choice of three benefits, which include:
* 5 pairs of Cotton Socks
* 2 T-Shirts
* 1 Portable Mug
The selected items will be placed in a canvas bag.
This offer is available ONLY while supplies last.
These materials will be shipped directly to ministry offices, Service BC offices (government agents) and trusted 3rd parties in early March.
Staff will be provided with further details regarding the distribution of these benefit packages from their regional management team shortly. The process is simple and straightforward - the client is eligible to receive the benefit when they return their completed Direct Deposit Request Form and void cheque. There will be an information mail-out to those not yet on direct deposit as well as materials to hand out at offices on cheque issue day. The target is to have clients receive information in February and return their forms no later than the end of March.
Supports and services now available include:
* an updated brochure and poster;
* an updated Direct Deposit Request Form (EIA2648);
* updated ISD scripts;
* a new Direct Deposit Benefits for Clients information sheet (this is EXCELLENT);
* a Systems Memo that introduces new MIS processes;
* links to banking information for clients; and,
* Online Resource information (Payment of Assistance category).
I would like to thank all those who worked so diligently on the Direct Deposit project, which will both benefit ministry clients and streamline ministry service.