Boost com­ing for dis­abled, those on low in­comes

StarMetro Calgary - - COVER STORY -

Week­end, November 9-11, 2018 Ed Mc­Cauley says the “Univer­sity of Cal­gary is in great shape to take a ma­jor step for­ward on the na­tional and in­ter­na­tional stage.” ED­MON­TON—Al­berta is propos­ing to in­crease help for those with dis­abil­i­ties and low-in­come earn­ers while ty­ing fu­ture hikes to keep pace with in­fla­tion.

The changes in­tro­duced in the leg­is­la­ture would help about 250,000 Al­berta res­i­dents, in­clud­ing se­niors and those who re­ceive ben­e­fits un­der the As­sured In­come for the Se­verely Hand­i­capped pro­gram, also known as AISH.

Un­der the AISH pro­gram, the max­i­mum monthly core ben­e­fit would rise al­most $100 to $1,685 and the monthly Al­berta Se­niors Ben­e­fit will get bumped up $6 to $286. If ap­proved, the changes would take ef­fect Jan. 1.

The AISH ben­e­fits have not changed since 2012 and the se­nior ben­e­fits have not been

in­creased in al­most a decade. Premier Rachel Not­ley said it’s crit­i­cal to help those most in need.

“Rates have been al­lowed to fall way be­hind be­cause of in­fla­tion,” Not­ley said. “This bill will help make peo­ple’s lives more af­ford­able. It will help en­sure fewer peo­ple are in need of food banks and it will help to make Al­berta a more equal place.”

Premier Rachel Not­ley says the bill will make peo­ple’s lives more af­ford­able.

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