Stop the Cut to Community Start-Up Benefit!
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<p>Since the Mike Harris cuts of the 1990’s people on Ontario Works and ODSP have seen the spending power on their cheques fall by close to 60%. This year`s Provincial Budget continued the rapid decline with rates that don`t keep up with inflation. Following the previous gutting of the vital Special Diet benefit, this year`s Budget also brought a series of cutbacks for people on social assistance including the elimination of a benefit known as `Community Start-Up`. This vital benefit is planned to be cut in January 2013</p>
<p>16,000 people a month benefit from Community Start-Up. It is one of the only ways that people on OW or ODSP 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.</p>
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