Mr Durkan, a vocal critic of the system and its self-isolation equivalent in place during the pandemic, said the appointment of an expert panel is a necessary step.
Said the Foyle MLA: “I welcome this crucial review of the Discretionary Support but lament that this work was not undertaken sooner.
“Cracks within this system were apparent pre-Covid – the criteria design was massively flawed and too restrictive for many vulnerable people seeking immediate support.
“Those cracks deepened into gaping holes with the weight of the last year now prompting the Communities Minister’s intervention at the 11th hour.
“Those within the sector as well as applicants are aware of its shortcomings and evidently funds are not getting to where they’re needed.
“Individuals who avail of this support are made to jump through hoops and subjected to intrusive interrogations in order to receive support to which they are entitled.
“As we emerge from the pandemic and given the predicted rise in unemployment levels, the likelihood is that the numbers of people in need of urgent support will increase.
“Therefore, it’s important that the Discretionary Support provision is strengthened and enhanced in preparation.
“I’ve every faith in the newly appointed expert panel to develop appropriate recommendations to improve this system for all.”