June 19, 2017
Days before facing an expected defeat in the British Columbia legislature, the government has said it’s ready to end a decade-long freeze on welfare rates.
“What you’re really seeing here is what we heard during the election,” said Social Development and Social Innovation minister Michelle Stilwell. “We heard from people they wanted to see more changes in the social programs that we have in our government.”
The government has made small increases to disability payments in the last two years, but has not raised regular social assistance for people who are expected to work since 2007. A single person who the government considers employable receives $610 a month.
During the campaign ahead of the May 9 election, the NDP promised to raise welfare rates by $100 a month.