ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) and the B.C. Federation of Labour combined efforts recently in getting the provincial government to rescind their decision to claw back child support payment to people on disabilities. This was a rare and major achievement for poverty advocacy groups. The two organizations now continue their efforts to raise the minimum wage in B.C. from $10.25/hr to $15.
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BC ACORN members had quite the day last Tuesday when it was announced in the provincial budget that, starting September 1st, the government will end its policy of clawing back child support payments from single parent families receiving income and disability assistance.
The NDP MLA for Vancouver-Fairview has condemned the B.C. Liberal government's speech from the throne for being "out of touch" struggles that families in his constituency encounter on a daily basis.
As of September 1st, 2015, the BC government stops clawbacks of child support payments from single parents on welfare.
Opponents were quick to point out shortcomings after B.C. Finance Minister Mike de Jong delivered his budget on Tuesday in the Victoria legislature - promising surpluses for the next three fiscal years.
This year’s budget brings relief to a small number of families with the least and the most, but likely won’t help the majority of parents trying to keep pace with the increasing cost of living in British Columbia, critics say.
In a budget speech riddled with sports analogies, the BC Liberals unveiled their fiscal plan.
BC has announced today that it will end the clawback of child support payments.
It's just too hard to make ends meet, people on income assistance say. No money for food, rent, medication, shoes, and no help or empathy from Community Services, was the complaint of many at last weeks Town Hall on Income Assistance.
Great coverage in World Journal of the BC ACORN action to stop the child support clawback, for Chinese readers.