Get real about poverty

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Editor:

The government is incredibly proud of implementing the first increase to social assistance and disability rates in a decade. Unfortunately, the $100 increase still leaves people on welfare and disability in deep poverty.

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That’s why we need an accountable, bold and comprehensive poverty reduction plan that includes a significant increase to welfare and disability rates. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives found that with only two per cent of the provincial budget we could raise everybody on welfare and disability rates above the poverty line. With legislation recently introduced, we’re still told we have to wait until next year for the full plan.

It is essential that we address this issue, and treat our citizens with respect and consideration, by increasing the social assistance and disability rates. Treating our fellow citizens with respect and consideration by reducing poverty says volumes about our own humanity.

Let’s do it!

Julie Gleadow, Roberts Creek

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