NDP Government Boosts Income Assistance and Disability Rates
Victoria, B.C. – The new NDP government has announced a $100 a month increase in income assistance and disability rates in B.C.
“Lifting families out of poverty starts with raising income assistance rates and assistance for people with disabilities,” says Premier John Horgan. “We’re raising the rates to support people and help them live in dignity.”
Under the Liberal government, the NDP says income assistance rates were frozen for 10 years.
The increase kicks in Sept. 20, 2017. The new monthly rates will be $1,133 for a person receiving disability assistance and $710 for a person on income assistance.