Expert witnesses call on Liberals to follow the law

June 7, 2016

For Immediate Release

Halifax, NS – Today at the Standing Committee on Community Services, witnesses from Dalhousie Legal Aid, the North End Community Health Centre, the Benefits Reform Action Group, Adsum House, and ACORN, testified to the experience of Nova Scotians who live in poverty.

Fiona Traynor, of Dalhousie Legal Aid, when speaking about the Special Needs Allowances component of Income Assistance, asserted that the Liberal government and Minister of Community Services are currently not following the law (Employment Support and Income Assistance Act) by restricting our province’s most vulnerable from accessing the support they require.

“The McNeil government has cut our most vulnerable off from bus passes and has taken away people’s phones while they transform the Department of Community Services,” says Dave Wilson, who sat in for NDP Community Services Critic Marian Mancini at today’s meeting.

“What I heard today is frankly unacceptable.  The Department’s archaic policies are putting a strain on our health care system and it’s time for the Liberals to step up for our most vulnerable community members,” said Wilson.

At the end of the Committee meeting, Liberal MLAs voted down a motion to end all cuts to Special Needs Allowances.  Liberal MLAs Joyce Treen, Stephen Gough, Brendan Maguire, and Bill Horne voted down the motion.

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