Women for Women Needing Welfare in BC sign now


The cuts that the Liberals are planning will have a harsh impact on women in B.C. Women will lose "good jobs" in the health and services sectors; will be forced to take jobs with less pay and without union security; and will shoulder an increased burden of unpaid care giving to fill the gaps caused by cuts in public programmes.
The hardest hit of all of us will be women currently on welfare - and women who will need welfare at some time in the future. The Government will:

cut welfare rates for single mothers by 18\%
require single mothers to return to work when their youngest child is three (instead of 7)
eliminate the Family Maintenance exemption which allows those receiving child support payments to keep $100 a month
eliminate the Earnings Exemption, which allows single welfare recipients to keep $100 a month of earnings, and those with a child or partner to keep $200 a month.


In combination, these cuts mean that some single mothers could lose as much as $ 370 per month from the support portion of their allowance.


Unfortunately, there is much more. Time limits will be imposed on eligibility for welfare and some women will be flatly denied, regardless of need. Some women will lose their disability benefits because this category will be reduced. Refugee claimants, many of whom are women, will be refused assistance.


This plan will cause extreme psychological stress, and increased homelessness and malnutrition for the poorest British Columbians. For women, it will also result in increased exposure to violence and sexual coercion, and an increased pressure on women to make money through prostitution. When women, in times of need, cannot receive welfare in an amount adequate to feed, clothe and house themselves and their children, they are likely to accept unwanted sexual relationships with men, and they are less able to escape domestic violence. Their liberty, their sexual autonomy and their physical safety is at risk.
Adequate welfare is an equality issue for all women. Women are the majority of the poor in B.C. and they are the majority of welfare recipients. Women are more likely to need welfare at some time in their lives because many raise children alone, and most still have lower paid and more precarious employment than men. Over 90\% of women are sexually harassed at the work place, with such high statistics it is necessary to have welfare to protect women. Many women are only one marriage breakdown, or one non-standard job away from needing welfare. Many women leaving violent men must have access to welfare in order to be able to escape. Adequate welfare is an equality issue for women.


WWW stands for:
increases, not cuts, to welfare rates
access to welfare on the basis of need;
no 6 dollar training wage
full legal aid services for family law, poverty law, and human rights complaints
no cuts to funding for women's centres.

I support what WWW stands for and call on you, the Liberal government of BC to support women needing welfare now.

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