The Alberta government has proposed important changes for individuals living in poverty and persons with disabilities through Bill 26: An Act to Combat Poverty and Fight for Albertans with Disabilities. As the the bill was passed in late November, Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) and Income Support recipients will see increases to their monthly benefit amounts, and for first time these payments will be indexed to the cost of living.
Momentum is one of several Calgary-based social service agencies that came together in a joint effort to advocate for increases to social assistance. You can read about the call to raise the rates here.
Bill 26 also increases the asset limits that determine eligibility for social assistance so that individuals don’t need to liquidate their savings to qualify for support. Momentum has advocated to government for this change for years and published this policy brief on the issue in 2016.
Momentum is pleased with the proposed changes to AISH and Income Support, as they will support many Albertans to meet their basic needs and better enable them to plan and save for their future. If passed, the changes will take effect January 1st, 2019.
Click here to read more on Bill 26.
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