Jan. 18, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Social assistance clients who had previously qualified for the interim assistance rate now qualify for an 82-per-cent increase in their monthly benefits under the transitional assistance program.
This change, which took effect Jan. 1, will help those who qualify to bridge the gap between employment positions and will help them to maintain a level of self-sufficiency during their job search. It represents an annual investment of $2.8 million by the provincial government and the fulfilment of a commitment under Overcoming Poverty Together: The New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Plan.
"The improvement to this program is a further testament to the provincial government's commitment to overcome poverty," said Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock. "The changes will go a long way toward removing barriers and allowing many New Brunswickers to reach their goals and enter the workforce."
The transitional assistance program provides financial assistance to persons and families that have the potential to become self-sufficient once certain barriers to employment have been addressed.
Overcoming Poverty Together: The New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Plan was adopted in November 2009 by the 50 members of the Final Forum representing government, the business and community sectors, and residents who have experienced living in poverty.
The plan, which outlines recommended actions for the government, business and community not-for-profit sectors, aims to reduce income poverty in the province by 25 per cent, and deep income poverty by 50 per cent, by 2015.
MEDIA CONTACT: Alison Aiton, communications, Department of Social Development, 506-444-2416.