November 21, 2012 14:20 ET
Anti-poverty groups escalate campaign against social assistance cuts
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 21, 2012) - Members and supporters of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP), the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario will march this Friday to the ministerial office of Laurel Broten, Minister Responsible for Women's Issues, to protest Liberal government plans to cut social assistance benefits that help women leave abusive situations.
The Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB) makes a difference in the lives of over 16,000 people every month in Ontario. It is one of the only ways that people on Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program can cover the costs of moving, save their housing and obtain the basic items they need to maintain a home. It is a defence against homelessness and a means by which many women are able to leave situations of domestic violence.
The Liberal government's 2012 budget brought a number of regressive cuts to social assistance, including the Community Start Up, slated for elimination in 2013. The Town Hall meeting is part of a provincial movement to stop the cut.
David RobbinsCUPE Ontario Communications(613) firstname.lastname@example.org
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