REGINA - Today, Official Opposition Leader Carla Beck and Social Services Critic Meara Conway condemned Scott Moe’s Sask. Party government for clawing back the Saskatchewan Assured Income Disability (SAID) benefits of disabled folks amid a cost-of-living crisis.
“Food, fuel, all the basics have never been more expensive and Scott Moe’s government is driving costs up with new taxes and higher power bills,” said Beck. “Worse still, Scott Moe’s government is sitting on record resource revenues and they’re still clawing back the benefits of disabled folks, many of whom have no family to rely on. It makes me absolutely sick.”
The Official Opposition was today joined on the floor of the assembly by SAID recipients and their advocates who alongside the Opposition called on the government to increase funding and to put an end to the discriminatory claw back of SAID benefits.
SAID benefits have not increased in nearly a decade. This coupled with the Sask. Party’s cuts to the rental housing supplement, the special diet allowance and a transportation allowance means that many individuals living with significant and enduring disabilities that interfere with their ability to work are being forced to live in poverty.
“The Premier’s predecessor campaigned on a promise to make Saskatchewan the best place to live for people with disabilities. Today that slogan rings empty,” said Conway. “Cuts, claw backs and dwindling support means that the government is literally taking food out of the mouths of people living with disabilities in the middle of a cost-of-living crisis. The Sask. Party has grown out-of-touch and needs to go.”