Anti-poverty groups want political parties addressing their concerns in campaignAnti-poverty groups in Saskatchewan are going public with a list of issues they want to see political parties addressing on the campaign trail.
First among them is raising the minimum payment for people on social assistance.Currently, the minimum payment under Saskatchewan’s assistance programs is just $455 a month.
While that does increase based on utility rates, location, number of children or disabilities, anti-poverty groups say it is not enough to live on.
They would also like to hear more from candidates on issues such as raising the minimum wage, providing more affordable housing, and more affordable child care options.
On Wednesday, NDP Leader Cam Broten said he wants to make post-secondary education more affordable by offering students scholarships and cutting student debt.
Sask. Party leader Brad Wall hopes the federal government has a big hand out for the province in its upcoming budget.
The federal government will be tabled next week in Ottawa.
Wall says it’s a good time for new federal funding to make its way to Saskatchewan.