Here’s a Quick Way the BC Government Can Reduce Poverty

Here’s a Quick Way the BC Government Can Reduce Poverty

Andrew MacLeod, 19 Oct 2023, The Tyee

Start by raising desperately low income and disability assistance rates, says advocacy group.

If the B.C. government wants to reduce poverty, it should start by raising social and disability assistance rates to the poverty line.

That’s the top recommendation the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition made in its submission earlier this year to the government’s consultation on updating its poverty reduction plan.

“The current income assistance and disability rates are both still in what we would consider the deep poverty range, so not just below the poverty line but actually keeping people in deep poverty,” said Rowan Burdge, the coalition’s provincial director.

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