News Topics: Income Assistance/Welfare


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First Call’s 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card

Data in the First Call 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card, released November 21, highlights how growing income inequality among BC families has one in five, or 18.3%, of our children living in poverty. Other key findings from the 2015 data include: This represents 153,300 children under age 18, a decrease MORE


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2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card release: Looking for action to change BC’s child poverty story

Data in the 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card, released today by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, highlights the income inequality that leaves far too many British Columbia families struggling to cover basic living expenses. One in five of our children still lives in poverty. Using the MORE


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Federal government indexes Child Tax Benefit to inflation

Beginning in July 2018, Canada Child Benefit (CCB) payments will be adjusted as the cost of living increases, nearly two years ahead of the previously planned adjustment. According to Finance Minister Bill Morneau, a family with two children will pocket approximately a $200 increase in Canada child benefit payments starting MORE


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BC budget submissions from public policy groups target education, childcare, poverty

The BC Poverty Reduction Coalition’s budget submission proposes the following 7 key points: Significantly increase welfare and disability rates, and index them to inflation Improve the earnings and working conditions of those in the low-wage workforce Address the needs of those most likely to be living in poverty Address homelessness MORE


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Earnings exemption for disability and income assistance recipients increased

Effective October 1, 2017, the Annual Earnings Exemption (AEE) limit will increase by $2,400 for each person receiving Persons with Disabilities (PWD) benefits, and raise from $200 to $400 per month for all single income assistance recipients. The earnings exemption is raised to $600 for families with children and $700 MORE


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First Call advocates end to benefits clawbacks for those on disability and IA

While increasing the earnings exemption for those on disability and income assistance is a welcome step, First Call advocates for the provincial government to stop clawing back benefits deemed ‘unearned income’ from IA and PWD recipients. Right now, all Canada Pension Plan benefits and CPP spousal death benefits are clawed MORE


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Government reaches out to coalitions on BC poverty reduction plan

The Honourable Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, has reached out to both the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition and First Call for preliminary consultations on a poverty reduction plan for BC. The PRC met with the Minister and staff on August 10, and First Call conducted a MORE


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NDP government sworn in and new cabinet ministers announced

First Call congratulates all new ministers on their appointments, and we look forward to educating key ministers about the work of First Call and addressing issues and recommendations related to our 4 Keys to Success. The First Call BC Election Toolkit addressed key policy areas, noted below, which we look MORE


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Election 2017 party responses to First Call coalition questions

On behalf of our 101 member organizations, First Call sent questions from our 2017 Provincial Election Toolkit to each of the three main parties in this election. All three parties have responded, and we encourage everyone to read their answers to our questions about putting the interests of children, youth MORE


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Xyolhemeylh DAA staff march to improve services to children and families – Come show your support – Surrey, Apr. 22

Saturday, Apr. 22 12:30 – 2 pm Meet at the yellow BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) tent at the corner of 31st Avenue and Croydon Drive in Surrey (plenty of street parking can be found on Croydon Drive). Then join the march to Minister of Children and Families MORE


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UBC Summer Institute: Supporting Aboriginal Families of Young Children with Disabilities, July 8-15 – Register by May 26

Respect, Healing, Dignity and Care Saturday-Saturday, July 8-15, 2017 Register by May 26 Find more info Download the poster Register now This summer institute will bring together Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal professionals to discuss their work in relation to Aboriginal families, and how the TRC recommendations will enrich work practices and MORE


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News from the Representative’s Office: Report on underfunding of DAAs

BC’s representative for children and youth, Bernard Richard, recently released a new report: Delegated Aboriginal Agencies: How resourcing affects service delivery. This report finds that underfunding of Delegated Aboriginal Agencies means that some Indigenous children are being removed from their homes and placed in care simply because the funds are MORE