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Anti-poverty groups want minimum payment raised for social assistance
A coalition of anti-poverty groups is calling for an increase to minimum payments for people on social assistance in Saskatchewan.
Published Wednesday, March 16, 2016 12:45PM CST
A coalition of anti-poverty groups in Saskatchewan has gone public with a list of issues they want to see political parties addressing on the campaign trail.
First among them is raising the minimum payment for people on social assistance.
Currently, the minimum payment under Saskatchewan's assistance programs is just $455 a month.
While that does increase based on utility rates, location, number of children or disabilities, anti-poverty groups say it is not enough to live on.
They would also like to hear more from candidates on issues such as raising the minimum wage, providing more affordable housing, and more affordable child care options.
But adjusting social assistance rates is something advocates feel could be done quickly and easily by any incoming government.