Toronto Star Editorial agrees Basic Income Pilot can become excuse to delay action on rates

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Toronto Star Editorial agrees Basic Income pilot can become excuse to delay action on rates

 

 

 

Toronto Star Editorial agrees Basic Income pilot can become excuse to delay action on rates

The Toronto Star Editorial Board yesterday agreed with the position of the Put Food in the Budget campaign, and many other organizations (See statement Why Wait? Raise the Rates! Here when it said the following

“If anything, Segal’s proposal only underlines how grossly inadequate Ontario’s existing social assistance payments are. To expect someone to live on about $700 a month, especially in a city like Toronto, is to accept bad health, shoddy housing, social exclusion, petty crime and all the other ills that go along with deep, entrenched poverty. Not to mention the scrutiny and stigma that goes along with it.

The basic income concept is a laudable attempt to break that cycle. But the risk here is that it becomes an excuse to delay improvements in the current system for years to come – at least three years just to run Segal’s proposed pilot study.”

The editorial is lukewarm in its endorsement of the Basic Income pilot and the government’s intention. The editorial concludes with this statement

“And in the meantime, the government should not forget those struggling to survive on the little that the existing system offers them”.

That sounds to us like the Toronto Star is calling on Premier Wynne to raise social assistance rates now so people can put food in the budget and not be made to wait three to five years for possible improvements.

The good news in this editorial is the recognition that rates are completely inadequate and it supports the demand for immediate and significant increases to social assistance.  We must keep up the pressure to raise the rates now so people can put food in the budget.  

Watch for upcoming news from our campaign on how to take the demand for an immediate increase in social assistance rates to the Minister of Community and Social Services during her planned consultations on Basic Income pilot.

Read the full Toronto Star editorial here 

Stop the consultation merry-go-round and Raise the Rates!

 


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