The Notley government believes those working for minimum wage should be paid at least $15 an hour, but it’s shining the light on the state of AISH payments.
David Swann, the leader of the Alberta Liberal Party, says MLA salaries have gone up commensurate with the cost of living and inflation, and he thinks monthly AISH payments should as well.
They’re currently the equivalent of less than $10 an hour.
Carla Howatt, whose daughter Makenzie Meyer has Down syndrome, but lives on her own with the help of the program, says it’s a struggle for her daughter to do so.
“For $1,588 they’re expected to be able to play their rent, put food on the table, pay their utilities — clothes and bussing.”
Minister of Human Services Irfan Sabir says it’s a budgetary issue, given the state of the economy; but he says there are benefits in the AISH program for any medical and dependant issues, along with special dietary needs.
Swann, however, says he would at least like to see a moral commitment from the government to increase the AISH payments as soon as possible. (Global News/td)