Minister François Blais undertakes to correct by the end of the legislature a social “injustice” denounced unanimously by the National Assembly in 2012. To correct it in part, at least. It concerns single mothers.
In the National Assembly, Tuesday, the Caquist Sebastien Schneeberger exposed a situation that he considers unfair. He recalled that child support payments in general have not been considered taxable since 1987, but continue to be considered in the calculation of social assistance.
The member for Drummond-Bois-Francs indicated that “more than 8000 households receiving social assistance have reduced their benefits because they receive child support” and that “these reductions mainly affect single-parent women. simply wanting to support their children. ”
The Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity has committed to correcting part of the problem. He assured that his government will have a “proposal to make”. “We are not at all deaf to the colleague’s request. We could do a little better in the coming weeks. ”
“We are trying to see how we could both achieve an exemption and continue to mobilize young women who are on social assistance to employment,” said the minister.
In an interview with Le Soleil last December, former Liberal minister Marguerite Blais questioned the value of the resolutions adopted by the National Assembly. She regretted that the one claiming to exclude the alimony from the calculation of the social assistance benefits of a parent of a single-parent family did not find any echo in the plan of fight against the poverty of the government of Philippe Couillard.
The former Liberal minister, and now future candidate of the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ), lambasted the fact that no action was ever taken to an ad hoc resolution passed by all parliamentarians six years ago.
This is not the first time that an opposition party has called for the exclusion of child support from the calculation of social assistance benefits for single mothers, as the CAQ did on Tuesday. For these mothers, child support reduces their benefits of last resort.
There is currently a “partial exemption,” which means that $ 100 of child support is not taken into account in the calculation of the monthly social assistance amount. Support payments are also considered as working income for individuals benefiting from the loans and bursaries, housing assistance and legal aid programs – which reduces their accessibility.
The subject was raised by the Caquist Sebastien Schneeberger. It is important to know that the Parti Québécois and Québec solidaire are also calling on the government of Philippe Couillard to correct the situation