February 23, 2012
The Best Place on Earth?
Alberta almost doubles BC's
$906 disability rate
Submitted by Janine Bandcroft for Jean
Swanson, Raise the Rates
the Rates, the BC coalition that challenged MLAs to live on the
welfare rate of $610 a month issued a new challenge today:
"We challenge the BC
government to immediately raise disability rates to the Alberta
level of $1588 per month," said Andrina Perry of Raise the Rates.
"There is no reason for BC residents who have a disability to have
their health issues compounded by trying to live on the mere $906
that they get in BC."
Raise the Rates wants the BC government to increase all income
assistance benefits, including those for single parents and single
people, to levels that are adequate to live on.
"People with disabilities in BC are living in poverty," said Robin
Loxton of the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities. "We call on
the BC government to immediately increase BC's disability rates."
"If BC copied the Alberta increase it means people with disabilities
like me could go to the community fitness gym for physiotherapy
without taking the money out of our food budgets," said Brenn
Kapitan. "It would mean I could get a massage for my inflamed
joints, have a longer life expectancy and reduce my risk of cancer."
Alberta also increased the amount of earnings that people with a
disability can keep from $400 a month to $800.
For more information,
MLA Welfare Challenge Website:
BC Coalition of People with Disabilities: Robin Loxton: 778 879 9207
For information on the Alberta increase go
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