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B.C. clawback an attack on people with disabilities

“Attacking people with disabilities is the lowest display of power I can think of.” — Actor Morgan Freeman Last week’s B.C. budget briefly raised the hopes of people with disabilities who had suffered nine years without an increase in benefits — and then crushed them when the awful truth came out. This is an ugly story of what first seemed like slightly good intentions turning into an intentional attack on

Monthly rate increase for people on Disability Assistance

Beginning Sept. 1, 2016, all Persons with Disability (PWD) clients will receive a rate increase of up to $77 a month – providing extra support to 100,000 people in B.C. The increase provides fairness in the system and more choice for people on disability assistance. There are currently two transportation supports available to people on disability assistance: A subsidized bus pass if they live in communities served by Translink and

Expanded transition planning support for youth with developmental disabilities

A program that helps youth with developmental disabilities and their families navigate the services and supports they need as they transition to adulthood will soon have a much wider reach in British Columbia. The Services to Adults with Developmental Disabilities (STADD) program will expand its Navigator program to cover the Fraser region during 2016-17. Navigators work with government and community partners to connect youth between the ages of 16 to

BC Bus Pass changes draw criticism

The subsidized BC Bus Pass price is going from $45 per year to $52 per month, and critics say that effectively negates the $77 monthly increase to disability benefits included in Tuesday’s provincial budget. FILE PHOTO       The BC Bus Pass program has been altered, not cancelled, as some users of the $45-per-year transit pass had originally feared when the provincial budget was delivered on Tuesday. But at

BC Budget 2016 Highlights for people with disabilities in the budget

                        Today in Question Period in BC Leg May 19th 2016 Michele Mungall opposition critic to Ministry OF Social Development and Social Innovation DISABILITY BENEFITS AND BUS PASS PROGRAM CHANGES M. Mungall: For four months now, advocates, people with disabilities and their families, have been begging and pleading with the B.C. Liberal government to end this bus pass clawback.

Historical investment in affordable housing

Over the next five years, the Province is committing a total of $355 million to create upwards of 2,000 new affordable housing units across British Columbia. “This is the largest single social and affordable housing investment in the province’s history,” said Premier Christy Clark. “A strong, growing economy gives us the ability to make investments in critical services that build on our track record of increasing affordable housing across B.C.

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