Raise the Rates
Raise the Rates is a coalition of community groups and organizations concerned with the level of poverty and homelessness in British Columbia. In 2002, the provincial government cut welfare rates and introduced arbitrary barriers that keep people in need from getting help. Since then, homelessness has at least doubled and BC has more people living below the poverty line than any other province in Canada. The small welfare increases included in the February 2007 Budget have made little difference to people’s lives. Raise the Rates calls on the government to: -Increase income assistance to the Market Basket Measure - Remove the arbitrary barriers to receiving welfare - End the clawbacks of child support - Raise earnings exemptions - Increase the minimum wage to $12/hr - Build 10,000 social housing units a year - Provide high quality public childcare - Reverse the tax cuts for the rich and corporations and increase tax on people earning over $250,000 a year.