Alberta Liberal Leader Dave Khan issues the following release on the passing of Bill 26: An Act to Combat Poverty and Fight for Albertans with Disabilities.
Khan stated, “This legislation is too little, too late from the NDP Government. It is one more example of how they’re failing Albertans on social programs.
“This Government should have committed to increasing AISH and other income supports. It should have indexed them to inflation three-and-a-half years ago when they were first elected. Instead, the NDP let Alberta’s most vulnerable languish—until just before an election—while they piled on record levels of debt.
“The flat rate increases to these programs are too low. Albertans relying on AISH have not received an increase since 2012. The increases provided today do not even account for inflation over the last 6 years.
“AISH recipients will be poorer under this NDP legislation than they were under the PC Government 6 years ago. This is not the progressive Government that Albertans voted for.
“These income support increases should have at least covered the rise in the cost of living.”
If AISH benefits were increased relative to inflation, a single person would have received monthly payments of $1,743 instead of $1,685. That extra $58 a month can have an enormous impact on the life of someone on income supplements.
AISH recipients receiving payments from the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) program will see a few dollars more this year because the annual CCB increases will be clawed back from their AISH payments.
Khan continued, “I’m also concerned about the clawbacks on AISH payments based on federal income supports. The NDP Government should have used this legislation to explore reducing or eliminating clawbacks based on federal income support payments programs.”
Alberta Liberals will continue to fight for quality of life for all Albertans.