As the government gives to people on disability pensions with one hand and takes away with the other the Premier is insisting they are all better off thanks to yesterday’s budget.
Premier Christy Clark said today her government prides itself in lifting people out of poverty.
So she was asked why the budget hands people on disability pensions a 77-dollar a month increase, the first hike in nine years, and then takes away a free transit pass valued at 52-bucks a month.
“There will always be people who say it is never enough. We are doing the best that we can to make sure that we support people with disabilities. As I said it has been since 2007 since any government has made a change in raising the rates. So that is what we are doing now. It is everybody on disability that is better off.”
As for “it has been since 2007 since any government has made a change” worth noting BC Liberals have been in government since 2001.
The Ministry of Social Development says to make things fair the 2016 budget will see disability pensions rise by $77 but anyone wanting a “subsidized” transit pass valued at $52 by the ministry will have that deducted from the lift.
That leaves those on disability pension who chose the transit pass with an extra $25 a month in hand.
On top of that they also have to pay a $45 annual administration fee.