The group, “Raise the Rates”, wants welfare rates doubled in British Columbia. They want the Gordon Campbell government to pony up $1,300 per month for each welfare recipient. That figure is based on the Market Basket Measure, anti-poverty activist Rolph Auer wrote in the Jan. 15th Carnegie Newsletter. The MBM calculates the cost of food, shelter, transportation and other commodities a person needs just to get by. 

Regardless of the current low welfare rate which, according to Auer is $610 per month for a single person, there is a healthy demand for welfare judging from Wednesday’s line ups. There were two line ups at one Downtown Eastside welfare building at Powell & Main St., one line up along Powell St. and another along Main Street. There are two welfare offices in the same building, one upstairs and one downstairs. Most clients lining up for a welfare cheque are male, and one client pointed out that many in the line ups this month were young. The above photo of a line up was taken around 3:30 p.m. and there was still a line up. It lasted until after 4 p.m.

At least one line up at the welfare office continued all day Thursday. [Update: Again on Friday, there was a line up.
Welfare day on Wednesday ended a “five week month.” That means welfare recipients had to make their December cheque last five weeks, rather than the usual four weeks. But the amount of the cheque is the same whether it’s a four or a five week month. Anti-poverty advocates would like the government to put an end to five week months.
The long line ups at the welfare office this month are a mystery as Vancouver’s pre-Olympic economy is going full tilt and employers are begging for workers.
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tina lagrotteria said,
in January 29th, 2008 at 8:54 pm

I am a powerful supporter of increasing welfare rates

for all recipients in the province of BC.

I agree that it is time NOW to increase the rates

as all the people want this and they are citizens

of BC. Many persons with disabilities have an education

of some sort and have worked many years in Canada.

The rates both shelter and support must go up to be able

to eat well, rent decent accomodation, transportation, personal

care, entertainment (yes they have a RIGHT TO Live Life) and

receive a reasonable income support cheque.

The Cheap embarrassing $50.00 in 2007 was a joke the government

is laughing but we are not. We want an increase and each

january an increase in the cost of living.

And increase the exemptions to 1500.00 with $400.00

for a pair of decent glasses and not $170.00.

Pay our dental care all of it. Get your bucks out

cut back on your wages and the 2010 Olympics. I give

a DAM and I paid my taxes in this country.

tina lagrotteria said,
in January 29th, 2008 at 9:14 pm

In addition there is nothing to fear about this government

stand up for your rights no one else will do it for you.

Nice letters do not do the job but action does

and demands. It is the only way this government

seems to understand!!

I cannot respect a government who increases the accomodation

rates by $50.00 after a decade. This is showing a total

lack of respect for welfare recipients.

tina lagrotteria said,
in February 21st, 2008 at 1:24 am

February 21, 2008

It is happening once more Campbell and Taylor are once more

misplacing their priorities and being careless we are know this

about not wanting to respect persons on Welfare in BC and

increasing their shelter and support rates after 12 years.

Many people influential people are standing up to these CREEPS

to raise the assistance rates like the people want and need.

It is obvious after the raise in 2007 50 bucks that they

don’t give a dam.

Welfare recipients are not interested in Campbell either but

interested in their own well-being and many of these citizens

are educated and have worked hard and do you hear me campbell

they have a RIGHT to an INCREASE NOW – THEY DO NOT WANT

TO WAIT TEN MORE YEARS!

RAISE THE RATES IN THE 2008 BUDGET!

tina lagrotteria said,
in February 24th, 2008 at 11:18 pm

They want to get re-elected so they are giving each person
in BC a $100 cheque to go Green.

Some of us are way ahead we went Green a Decade ago
do we get a $1000.00 cheque.

When are you going to increase the welfare rates and send us
what we want and need??

$50.00 after 12 years your priorites are misplaced and we
clearly see this.

$50.00 was that to get re-elected too??

The Truth is that you don’t care we all know that and

let it been heard and seen on this site.

What about the increase in minimum wages to $10.00, you do
not care one bit.

What about the high tuition fees and the debts students
are having to pay after graduation??

You do not care one bit.

WHY VOTE FOR SUCH A GOVERNMENT WE HAVE CHOICE!

I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR YOU AGAIN!!

tina lagrotteria said,
in May 7th, 2008 at 10:52 pm

We are in May 2008, Richmond does not

want to increase the welfare support rates

after all the evidence presented to him.

It is obvious he does not want to change.

He is not the right man for the job.

There is a problem as you see after

all the evidence stating welfare reciptients

are receiving low-income way below

what they should be getting.

It’s become a serious problem, and I

suggest a new Minister who wants to

help these people and one who understands

as a human being.

Time for a change of Minister that is

my best suggestion.

TINA LAGROTTERIA said,
in December 8th, 2008 at 2:23 pm

The 2009 Budget is coming up, earlier
than last year.

For Persons with Disabilities, this
government is talking about raising the
exemption level once more from $500 to $1000.,
and speaks a bit on shelter, but details
are hidden as to what ideas they have for
shelter rates.

I want to mention that they say nothing about
raising their SUPPORT RATES.

In 2007, shelter rates were increased by
$50., far from being enough. Their thinking
is to keep people POOR. Their motivations
who knows what they are.

THESE PEOPLE ON WELFARE DO NO SPEAK OUT,
THEREFORE, I SPEAK OUT FOR THEM.

I HOPE THAT THE NEXT ELECTION WILL FIRE
CAMPBELL AND ALL HIS STAFF OUT OF OFFICE.
THEN THEIR WILL BE CHANGE FOR PEOPLE ON
WELFARE.

This is CANADA and a person with a disability
receives about $900 per month for shelter
and support and they have other needs besides
what the MINSTRY is providing which are not
covered. MANY NEED SUPPORT WITH HOUSEWORK,
GROCERY SHOPPING, EXTRA MONEY FOR TRANSPORTATION ALL OF WHICH IS NOT PAID FOR
, PROVIDED PLUS MANY OTHER NEEDS.

THE MINISTY THINKS THAT BY PROVIDING INFORMATION LINES IS SUFFICIENT, THAT IS
OF LITTLE HELP. THEY THING THAT PROVIDING
SUPPORT EQUIPMENT IS ALL THEY NEED IN LIFE.
FOOLISH THEY ARE, AND I NEED TO EXPRESS THAT
THEY DO NOT LISTEN TO PEOPLE ON WELFARE.
WHO KNOWS WHY???

THEY DO NOT CARE ONE BIT.

CHANGE GOVERNMENT, TO ONE THAT IS WILLING
TO UNDERSTAND AND HELP PERSON WITH DISABILITIES
PROPERLY, AND A GOVERNMENT WHO DOES WHAT
TO HELP THEM.

THEY SHALL REMEMBER!!!

TINA LAGROTTERIA said,
in February 26th, 2009 at 2:22 am

Budget 2009 no changes once more to an
increase in Welfare Rates.

I’ve come to understand that Campbell Soup
has a traditional mindset and NOTHING is
going to change just like nothing changes
to the minimum wage nor student tuition fees.

I’d love to see a modern prime minister with
a modern way of thinking who cares for
the people be elected. It is beyond my
understanding why people in BC vote
for him. I think not enough people are
educated to see this guy for who he is.

I rest my case.

TINA LAGROTTERIA said,
in March 24th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

I was told the mimimum salary wage in
BC is six dollars per hour.

The is abuse in itself paying people less
than what their work is worth.

ABUSE COMES IN MANY FORMS, it is worthwhile
to get educated.

Governments are also abusive. People
are unaware.

I SUGGEST IF YOU FIND A JOB IN BC,
MAKE CERTAIN YOU ARE PAID WHAT YOUR
WORK IS WORTH NO LESS.

TINA LAGROTTERIA said,
in March 24th, 2009 at 11:04 pm

I SUGGEST TO WELFARE RECIPIENTS THAT
ON VOTING DAY IN MAY 2009 THEY DO NOT
VOTE FOR THE LIBERAL PARTY OF BC.

THEY HAVE DONE NOTHING FOR YOU MEANING
TO INCREASE YOUR INCOME RATES BOTH FOR
SHELTER AND SUPPORT.

YOUR INTERESTS ARE MOST IMPORTANT AND
YOU ARE ALL WORTH MORE IN MONEY THAN
YOU ARE RECEIVING.

STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU VALUE MOST, YOUR
WELL BEING IS MOST IMPORTANT AND IT COSTS
A LOT OF MONEY TO LIVE TODAY.

CAMPBELL AND COLEMAN ARE NOT INTERESTED
IN YOU AT ALL. ONLY THEIR OWN SELF-INTERESTS
WHICH I MENTIONED BEFORE.

VOTE NO FOR THE LIBERALS, YOU HAVE ALL TO GAIN
IN YOUR FAVOUR! AND YOU WILL BE RESPECTING
YOURSELF.

TINA LAGROTTERIA said,
in April 24th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

THIS IS MY FINAL REPLY, LEAVE THE
COMMENTING TO THE YOUNGER ONES.

THE ENGLISH GOVERNMENT OF BC IS LIKE
A SUNDAE WITHOUT CARAMEL.

THERE ARE MANY COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD
THAT ARE MUCH PRETTIER AND MUCH MORE FUN.

THE ENGLISH ARE KNOW TO BE SUPER SERIOUS
AND THEY ARE NOT A FAVORITE TO MANY!!!

Tete Quarree imbecile!!!

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