A $100-per-month welfare and disability increase announced by the New Democratic Party government today wasn’t unexpected, but is nevertheless disappointing to anti-poverty advocacy group Raise the Rates, says spokesperson Kell Gerlings.
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The increase comes 10 years after welfare rates were last increased, bringing a single person’s monthly rate up to $710 per month from $610. Disability rates were increased by $127 per month for a single person in the last year, and now the NDP increase brings a single person’s monthly disability rate up to $1,133. The increase will kick in on Sept. 20.