The United Way will get busier with more pleas for help in the wake of the new provincial government’s reductions in planned improvements to provincial welfare and disability benefits, the charity’s executive director said Wednesday.

Francesca Dobbyn compiled figures for Grey and Bruce counties and found the changes that were to begin to take effect this fall will affect about 8,800 households across Grey-Bruce who live under the Ontario poverty line.

“The intention was to educate the community on what poverty really is,” she said of the information she released on behalf of the United Way and Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force. “What are really the social assistance levels? (It’s) to do with poor-bashing, blaming.”