Local disability group calling for increased funding from provincial candidates
REGINA – With the provincial election just over two months away, a local disability organization is calling for increased funding from every candidate running, regardless of who eventually wins.
The Saskatchewan Disability Income Support Coalition (DISC) is asking for an extra $250 dollars per person under its Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) funding program.
The SAID program was launched in May 2009, and offers financial support for people with significant and enduring disabilities.
“It is a lifeline to me[…] It has given me more opportunities to do more things,” said Charlene Egers, who receives disability support from SAID.
” I’m also on a more high protein diet because of my medical condition and just having that extra little bit of money each month has helped.”
Each person in the program is currently receiving $1,350 dollars per month.
With the cost of living on the rise, the organization says that money is not enough.
“They’re still living in poverty and they still can’t meet all of their needs,” said DISC Chair Judy Hannah.
“People with disability have often very unusual costs, that you and I don’t have. And they don’t have the money to deal with all those needs.”
More than 14,000 people are enrolled in the disability program, with funding increasing four times since 2009.
The province also says since 2011, the number of people qualifying for disability income has quadrupled.
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