A single person on AISH who lives in the community receives $1,685 a month.

Three years ago, the government removed indexing (which would have increased benefits to matchthe rate of inflation)

Finance Minister Jason Nixon isn't reversing that decision today.


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In reply to @MBellefontaine
We have a surplus! This is wrong. An investment in AISH is an investment in Alberta. People are living off the food banks! Rationing gas for doctors appointments! Struggling to afford housing. This is shameful!
It should be unbelievable to Albertans that while boasting a $13.2 billion surplus, the UCP believes a severely disabled Albertan should get by on $1685/month during the worst affordability crisis in 40 years.

We indexed AISH once.

We will do it again.

A good reminder as the UCP government takes a victory lap for a financial windfall it did nothing to create that it does not care at all about the vulnerable people its policies have harmed
In reply to @MBellefontaine
That amount is so low to try to live on. Especially considering many people with disabilities have extra costs like specialized food, accessibility items, OTC medications, vehicle transport for medical appointments, etc.
13 200 000 000 surplus with no relief for the most downtrodden. welcome to Alberta.
Posting a surplus when so many Albertans have seen their services and supports cut back is no great win for our province.

With Albertans hurting from inflation, essential supports need to be tacked to inflation at the very least.

#abpoli #ableg
In reply to @MBellefontaine
In $13.2 Billion surplus Alberta even less - $1,668 /mo is the cutoff for help from @LegalAidAlberta. A special exemption was made to avoid embarrassment of media stories of AISH recipients being denied Legal Aid. But if your $1,685 doesn't come from AISH? Too bad for you #ableg
In reply to @MBellefontaine
We should remember that the resources of this Province belongs to its citizens and not the ruling party. Everyone has a right to their share and live out of poverty. Who can live on 1685$ per month in Alberta and not be destitute . Any MLA willing to try?
In reply to @MBellefontaine
Conservatives love to cast themselves as “fiscally prudent,” while balancing their budgets on the backs of poor people. They balance their books so that we can’t balance ours.
In reply to @MBellefontaine
So the Finance Minister can veto Health or Education or whatever else needs vetoing in Finance's sole opinion? If that is the case we are screwed.
We’re anticipating a $13 billion surplus, in the face of inflation, especially rent and food cost increases. This change was cruel when it happened and maintaining it is inexcusable.
But, of course, tax rates are now being indexed to inflation, as a giveaway to taxpayers
In reply to @MBellefontaine
It is a disgrace to the citizens of Alberta that AISH recipients are not indexed to inflation. As people who live on the Prairies it is in our heritage to assist our neighbours. A govt that does not is unethical and out of touch with the morality of its people.
In reply to @MBellefontaine
Jason Nixon doesn't care because being a miserable prick isn't considered a handicap in Alberta.
While we are focused on the UCP leadership race we are ignoring those on the margins who continue to suffer at the hands of this cruel government. #ableg
In reply to @MBellefontaine
Life expectancy is Related to income, the UCP want people on AISH not be able to afford to live, they want Them to Die!
In reply to @MBellefontaine
This government continues to demonstrate they have no empathy and that the almighty dollar is above anything else.
In reply to @MBellefontaine
All UCPers are amoral, heartless mongrels.
In reply to @MBellefontaine
Kenney is running a caretaker administration. Further fiscal decisions will be for the next premier to make. Given differing views on the matter among #ucpldr candidates, doing nothing *now* is justified. (I.e. how Boris Johnson is handling energy bills across the pond) #ableg
Callous. This gov't complains about inflation (mostly blaming the feds), yet while rolling is billions of $ of surplus, they refuse to re-index assistance for the most vulnerable. AISH is one thing they can make a direct impact on when it comes to rising inflation for thousands.
In reply to @MBellefontaine
That is so absolutely wrong. I would dare anyone today to try and live on that amount. For government to do that is especially cruel. Especially in Alberta.
In reply to @jkenney
@jkenney @JasonNixonAB @Alberta_UCP U are both the most horrendous party & people. You TRY surviving on that amount while ill - needing rx’s, transport to appts etc. It really isn’t an exaggeration that you are running a eugenics program pushing them towards MAID. Shame! #AISH
Newfoundland turned itself from the poorest province in the country to one of the least poor in less than five years basically just by indexing welfare directly to inflation, straight across.

Then they ruined that progress with another austerity government, of course
The destitute get further behind.
In reply to @LeelaAheer
@LeelaAheer do you agree with this? And if not, what do you intend to do to fix it?
😡 Real nice that sick and disabled people have to go beg for food at food banks😡.
Because the @alberta_ucp doesn't care about vulnerable people. #NeverVoteConservative
Of course he isn’t. They aren’t his big donators. Brutal. #firetheucp
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