Kendall Worth on the bad experiences of some people on income assistance who received home care while recovering from surgery.
Dartmouth North MLA Susan Leblanc writes to Community Services Minister Kely Regan to tell her about the confusion re payments to ESIA clients who had to throw out spoiled food after hurricane Dorian.
“People are being told different things than their neighbours, getting different and conflicting information from people they trust, and what’s worse, some people will receive financial assistance without realizing it puts them in an overpayment situation until they receive their payment for October.”
Kendall Worth meets with Dartmouth North MLA Susan Leblanc to talk about special needs allowances and housing.
In some cases people on income assistance dealing with spoiled food after the hurricane hear one thing from the Minister of Community Services, and different things from their caseworkers, writes Kendall Worth.
Life is never easy for poor people, and this is never more true than when a hurricane hits. Reporter Kendall Worth talked to several people about their worries and concerns right before Dorian arrived in Nova Scotia.
Here is yet another story by Kendall Worth about housing and poverty. Rose has learning disabilities and may have to move out of the place she loves as it is becoming more difficult for her ageing parents to support her.
Kendall Worth on yet another case where a caseworker doesn’t believe a doctor’s diagnosis and special diet recommendation. Keep in mind that these doctors who write the special notes have gone to school seven or more years of their lives to study to become doctors! Why do we have a system where this needs to happen?
Community Services giveth and Community Services taketh away. The tiny increases people on income assistance will get next year may push them over the Poverty Reduction Credit threshold. The department says it doesn’t yet know what to do about it, or how many people will be affected.
We like to tell good news stories, and this one by Kendall Worth you don’t want to miss. A young woman on income assistance gets to go to university, and she credits the free bus pass as the reason it all got started.
Kendall Worth with a reminder that even the smallest things, like buying cleaning supplies, are a challenge when you are on income assistance. And when your trusty old vacuum cleaner dies you’re really screwed.