City councillors are lauding a provincial government decision to keep additional dollars for community support programs in the budget.

Last year, the city and local groups scrambled to allocate a 10 per cent increase to Family and Community Support Service grants in the NDP’s first full-year budget.

That was billed as a “one-time” boost to help local agencies operate and expand supports during the height of the economic recession.

On Wednesday, the city’s public services committee heard the increase has carried over to the new two-year program budget.

More than $1.3 million is earmarked for things like low-income supports, family counselling, food security and a host of other community and youth programs.