A Councillor in Victoria would like to see the city’s mayor and council take up the cause of the transit pass benefit clawback from those on disability pensions.
Ben Isitt has tabled a motion, to be discussed on Thursday, that if passed would see the mayor write the Premier to stop forcing the disabled to pay for transit passes.
“We think the people with disabilities have seen a real decline in their incomes with the rates frozen for so many years in the face of inflation. We think people with disabilities should receive the full benefit of the $77 increase rather than have the cost of their transportation deducted.”
Isitt says it is not fair for those on disability pensions to finally get an increase only to now be forced to pay for transit passes out of the meager raise.
Should other municipalities follow suit?
“I think that would be great. I think the residents here in Victoria want the city council to stand up for them and their interests. They view advocacy as an important role for local government. That is why we are proposing the city of Victoria place itself on record favouring a reinstatement of the bus pass benefit.”
He says people on disability pensions need every dollar and the ability to get around.
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The change to the transit pass was included in last month’s provincial budget.
Previously, persons on disability qualified for a subsidized transit pass at a cost of $45 per year.
That changed in February, with province offering up a monthly hike to disability insurance, but also implementing a $52 dollar monthly fee leaving recipients with just $25 extra per month.