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“Don’t balance the budget on the backs of the poor!”

Category: National Poverty PlanShifting AttitudesSocial Assistance Reform

April 17, 2012, Hamilton Spectator Editorial, Howard Elliott: 
Any Budget Compromise must include lifting welfare freeze!

April 16, 2012, Hamilton Spectator Editorial, Rick Hughes: 
We Must Provide necessary social services

April 10th, 2012, Hamilton Spectator: 
“Discretionary” health benefits such as eyeglasses, dentures, baby supplies – even funerals – now at risk as province downloads costs to municipalities

April 9th, 2012, RAISE THE HAMMER:
 Balancing the books on the backs of the poor, by Ryan McGreal

April 9th, 2012, CTV Newsnet
  Armine Yalnizyan on the growing gap of inequality in Canada

April 4th, 2012, Hamilton Spectator:
Food Banks face Baby Food Crisis – Food Share and Poverty Roundtable denounce provincial budget

April 3rd, 2012:
CHCH News: “Provincial Budget’s Hunger Games”

Press Release APRIL 3, 2012 – Povincial Budget
“Critical shortage of baby formula at area food banks spurs Hamilton Community to Action, but will the 2012 provincial budget deepen the crisis?”

Ontario’s social assistance system is failing this province’s most vulnerable citizens. Rates are too low, rules are too complex and opportunities to move off the system into well-paying jobs are few and far between. Individuals with disabilities do not have the supports they need to help them live healthier.

Poverty Roundtable responds to provincial budget measures that freeze welfare rates, delay Ontario Child Benefits – Read Tom Cooper’s column in the Hamilton Spectator

Deirdre Pike and Tom Cooper talk welfare freeze on AM 900 CHML’s Bill Kelly show  2012 budget discussion Bill Kelly

The Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario has released Discussion Paper 2: Approaches for Reform and What We Heard: A Summary of Discussion on Social Assistance.

Click here to read the Hamilton Poverty Roundtable’s response

Visit the Social Assistance Page for more information

Organizations in Hamilton Respond to the Social Assistance Discussion Paper: