Child and Family Poverty in Saskatchewan
by Paul Gingrich, Garson Hunter, Miguel Sanchez
Canada 2000 released national and provincial reports on November 24, 2016.
Global Regina news coverage “Child poverty rates in Saskatchewan higher than national average” http://globalnews.ca/news/3086534/child-poverty-rates-in-saskatchewan-higher-than-national-average/
Regina Leader Post article “1 in 4 Sask. children live in poverty: U of R report” http://leaderpost.com/news/saskatchewan/one-in-four-sask-children-live-in-poverty-u-of-r-report
CTV national coverage of the situation Canada-wide “1 in 10 children live in poverty” http://www.ctvnews.ca/one-in-10-canadian-children-live-in-poverty-report-1.457428
The following Saskatchewan Government media release indicates that changes previously announced to Social Services will not apply to current clients in their current situations, but will apply to new clients, or existing clients whose situations change (e.g. they move or become 65 years old)
Social Services has begun the work of Income Assistance Redesign, following through on a commitment made in the Saskatchewan Poverty Reduction Strategy. The Redesign will be based on four principles: Income Assistance is citizen-centred, simple, transparent and sustainable.
Income Assistance Redesign will not focus on the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) program or on income supports for people over the age of 65.
Earlier this year, the province announced that a number of changes to its Income Assistance programs would take effect September 1 or October 1:
Beginning September 1 or October 1, these changes have been applied to new program applicants or to existing clients whose circumstances changed in such a way that their benefits would be affected: for example, they moved or began to receive income support for people over 65.
The changes simplify the programs and contribute to their sustainability.
People who have questions about their benefits are encouraged to call their Income Assistance Worker or Assured Income Specialist, or to contact the Client Service Centre at 1-866-221-5200.
For more information, contact:
The provincial government’s report “Taking Action on Poverty: The Saskatchewan Poverty Reduction Strategy” was released on February 24, 2016.
Media coverage: CBC http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/sask-poverty-reduction-plan-released-1.3463141 ; CTV http://regina.ctvnews.ca/saskatchewan-unveils-plan-to-reduce-poverty-including-more-housing-health-care-1.2791429 ; Regina Leader-Post http://leaderpost.com/news/local-news/community-not-happy-with-provinces-poverty-reduction-strategy ; Global News interview with Blair Roberts, YMCA, Regina http://globalnews.ca/video/2542624/digging-deeper-sask-partys-poverty-reduction-strategy.
In August, 2015 the Advisory Group on Poverty Reduction released their report with recommendations for Saskatchewan’s poverty reduction strategy. http://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2015/august/24/poverty-reduction-strategy Full report. Advisory Group on Poverty Reduction Report
Article discussing the report and Minister Harpauer’s response. http://www.thestarphoenix.com/business/Saskatchewan+group+aims+slash+poverty+half/11314275/story.html
PFS response to Advisory Group on Poverty Reduction Report AGPR Report PFS comments Oct 2015
“New Democrats’ poverty reduction act would address B.C.’s child poverty”
“New Democrats call on B.C. Liberals to take action on poverty and homelessness”
October 15, 2015 Member Statement by David Forbes in the Legislature re the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
David Forbes MLA and Donna Harpauer, Minister of Social Services, discuss a Poverty Reduction Strategy and Children Living in Poverty, November 26, 2015.
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