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Big changes coming to welfare

It’s been a turbulent time lately to be a community worker. Many areas of law are changing right now: the Family Law Act is replacing the old Family Relations Act, the immigration process is being overhauled, and now income assistance will undergo a number of changes this fall.

Recently, the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) announced major changes to income assistance policies. Most of these changes do not come into effect until October 1, 2012, but there are some exceptions. Most notably, the expanded School Start-up Supplement came into effect on July 3, 2012. This change increases the amount of the supplement and expands it to cover people on income assistance, disability assistance, or hardship assistance with a dependent child in school.

For a summary of all the changes, see the MSD website.

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