After nearly a decade of wasting the economic boom and blowing through the savings, the government is now forcing the province’s most vulnerable people to pay for Sask. Party mismanagement. The Sask. Party’s latest cold-hearted cut will take money away from people who are unable to work due to a disability.
“Programs that help our most vulnerable keep a roof over their heads are not the reason the Sask. Party has run such deep deficits,” said NDP Social Services Critic Nicole Rancourt. “Cutting the funding these people rely on with so little notice is not only callous and cold but it's not the solution to any problems either. In fact, it will only create more."
People in the province receiving funding under the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disabilities (SAID) program were recently notified that they would see their monthly supports cut by hundreds of dollars.
“I would like to see anyone from the government put themselves in my position and have to live on what I have to,” said Brenda Blake, who is unable to work due to a disability and receives benefits under the SAID program, and is worried about how she will be able to buy groceries, pay rent, and cover the cost of her medication. “It makes me sick how this government thinks it can tell people to apply for this program, and then say ‘sorry we're taking it away.’”