The current income assistance system in BC is fundamentally broken. People in desperate need are being denied assistance, and if lucky enough to navigate all the structural and administrative barriers to welfare and have their application accepted, they are subjected to a life of “survival,” struggling to meet the most basic needs of shelter and food. Welfare is only $610 for a single person, and has not been raised since 2007. The minimal increase in the latest BC budget of $77 to the disability rate, frozen at $906 for the last 9 years, is a completely inadequate response and the cut to the $45-a-year bus pass program is a huge blow to people’s mobility and social inclusion.
- Significantly increase welfare and disability rates, and index them to inflation
- Increase earnings exemptions, and remove arbitrary barriers that discourage, delay and deny people in need
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