Mancini Shocked by comments made by Community Services Minister

July 11, 2015

DARTMOUTH – Retired Legal Aid lawyer Marian Mancini, the NDP candidate in Dartmouth South, expressed dismay over comments made by Community Service Minister Joanne Bernard regarding the Liberal’s freeze on Income Assistance rates for the second year in a row.

“The government’s failure to recognize the impact of cost of living increases on our poorest citizens is shameful,” said Mancini. “It’s as if the government is saying it simply doesn’t care.”

Mancini is joining NDP Leader Maureen MacDonald in calling for the Minister to commit to increasing social assistance next year. “When you factor in the cost of living, income assistance recipients are receiving less support than they did in 2013,” says MacDonald. “This means less money for food, less money for heat, less money for clothing and it has placed tremendous pressure on families who were already struggling to get by.”

Under the previous NDP government the personal allowance for income assistance recipients went up by 22%, which worked out on average to an additional $47 per month. In November of 2014, MacDonald introduced a bill requiring income assistance rates to be increased annually and that the increase be no less than the increase in the Consumer Price Index. The McNeil government did not allow the bill to proceed.