Anti-Poverty Groups Lobby for Better Social Assistance

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By Teri Pecoskie, The Hamilton Spectator

Local anti-poverty groups are lobbying for higher social assistance rates as the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario readies for the release of its final report on the issue Wednesday.

The Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction and Hamilton Organizing for Poverty Reduction or HOPE are also urging the commission to create an evidence-based system that covers the costs of basics, such as shelter, food, hygiene products and clothing.

“Inadequate rates combined with 800 complex and sometimes contradictory rules means tens of thousands of Hamiltonians do not have the supports needed to move out of poverty,” said Peter Hutton, a member of the Roundtable’s working group on social assistance reform, in a press release.

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Article Source: The Hamilton Spectator

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