With the reading of Tuesday’s budget, it feels like the door to change for those living in poverty might have opened a small crack – but a celebration would certainly be premature.
The government will finally put an end to the cruel policy of clawing back child support payments from single parents on Income Assistance. This will mean more much-needed money for parents struggling to make ends meet, and for their children. While the premier only learned of the penalty last fall, Nova Scotians on assistance have been grappling with it for years and advocating for change. For once, their voices haven’t been ignored.