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A poverty reduction strategy for Nova Scotia

2009

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The Working Group proposed that any strategy to tackle poverty be organized around four main goals: • meaningful collaboration to ensure consistent and coordinated action • poverty alleviation to meet the needs of those with long-term work barriers • poverty reduction to meet the needs of low-income workers and their families • poverty prevention to build a foundation for prosperity. [...] It suggested, for example, the following enhancements to the last-resort Employment Support and Income Assistance Program (i.e., welfare): • increasing food and shelter allowances, with special attention to the needs of persons with disabilities • allowing recipients to retain more of their earned income • reviewing the special needs list to better reflect the actual cost of goods and services • p [...] The Working Group also proposed that the Government of Nova Scotia adopt a program similar to the Saskatchewan Employment Supplement, which bolsters the earnings of low-wage workers. [...] Additional recommendations included the engagement of the disability community in formulating a Disability Strategy and coordinating the provision of programs and services. [...] For the purposes of determining available income, the program will exempt the value of the federal Working Income Tax Benefit and Registered Disability Savings Plan.

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health education economics child care economy school poverty culture disability employment investments labour persons with disabilities unemployment apprenticeship welfare poverty reduction prevention community human activities college human services affordable housing further education job low-income

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