Social Development

New transition team to help implement the first New Brunswick poverty reduction plan (09/11/30)

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Nov. 30, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - A transition team has been appointed to establish new structures proposed by the recent Final Forum on Poverty to reduce poverty in New Brunswick. Premier Shawn Graham announced the members of the transition team today.

"The new poverty reduction plan - Overcoming Poverty Together: The New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Plan - calls for a major reform of policies, programs and services to ensure economic and social inclusion for all New Brunswickers," said Graham. "The new structures to be put in place will be based on ongoing collaboration among government, the business sector, nonprofit organizations, as well as individuals living in poverty."

Members of the transition team are:

"The members of the transition team are dedicated to reducing poverty and have been active participants in all phases of the poverty reduction initiative," said Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock. "They will contribute to strengthening the foundation of the poverty reduction plan and ensure its efficiency in short and long terms."

The transition team received the mandate to work with Social Development to flesh out the details of the governance structures proposed by the Final Forum on Poverty:

The transition team will address outstanding issues such as terms of reference, accountability mechanisms and consistency with official language requirements. It will also provide advice on the development of new legislation to frame the implementation of the plan.

The poverty reduction plan involves several actions to be undertaken once the governance structures are in place:

"The new poverty reduction plan is certainly one of the most significant and positive changes in New Brunswick social policy in quite some time," said Lamrock. "Its main strength is the agreement of a shared responsibility to provide the assistance required to help individuals and families take that difficult journey from poverty to a life of dignity."

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MEDIA CONTACT: Alison Aiton, communications, Social Development, 506-444-2416.

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