More pre-Budget Day goodies from the province.
The B.C. government says it’s increasing the disability assistance rates for a second straight year.
The new rates will kick in April 1 and will jump $50 per month to $1,033 for a single person, or $1,773 for a couple.
“An increase is always very good news,” says Executive Director of the Disability Alliance of B.C. Jane Dyson.
But she says while she’s happy to see a boost, the new monthly total will still leave many living in poverty.
“We are disappointed that the increase is not larger. We had been asking for many years now that the minimum increase be for $1,200 a month, and we had been hoping that we would see a commitment to going somewhere close to that amount.”
She adds the province needs to make structural changes to the program, to ensure those on disability aren’t always behind the eight ball.
“We also have been advocating for the rates to be indexed to inflation, so we’re not always in this position of being so far behind the cost of living in British Columbia,” Dyson says.
Last year the province raised disability assistance by $77 per month but clawed back $52 of that from many people in the form of a controversial new bus pass fee.