COVID-19: the government Legault accused of leaving social assistance

More than two months have passed since the introduction of the first measures of containment and the government has still not given emergency aid to social assistance recipients to help them through the crisis, deplores the Collective for a Quebec without poverty.

“We do not know what to answer to all of these people who are often desperate people who contact us each day and seek to turn to find a little help,” said the spokesman of the common Front of persons receiving social assistance in Quebec (FCPASQ), Irina Georgiev, who added his voice to the Collective in a press release issued Monday.

In addition to the increase in the prices of certain foodstuffs and the scarcity of products of format economic conditions that are the subject of a high demand, it has become more difficult for those on social assistance to gain the support of their families, explains the two organizations.

Without saying that it is hard work to win a part of $ 200 of monthly earnings that they are allowed, they add.

“When you have no financial leeway, as it is the case of people on social assistance, the unexpected is a source of stress and can lead to serious health impacts,” says the spokesperson of the Collective, Serge Petitclerc.

The minister of Labour, Employment and social Solidarity, Jean Boulet, is well aware of this situation, but concrete actions are slow in coming, complain to the agencies.

“It is as if he had decided to abandon to their fate the people in the most underserved of the society. It looks like he has forgotten his responsibilities of minister of social Solidarity to focus solely on the sectors of labour and employment,” they write.

Among the suggested solutions: provide all of the service providers of last resort assistance a special performance to bring the amount of their monthly benefit to 1210 $ and improve quickly the solidarity tax credit.

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