The NDP is criticizing the Wall government for cuts to the poor.
NDP poverty critic Ryan Meili says funding cuts to funeral services for those on social assistance must be restored.
He says the cuts save very little but cost families a way to say good-bye to loved ones.
Social Services minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor says tough decisions had to be made and her ministry is focused on basic needs like food, shelter and lights.
“We are going to provide for basic disposition for funerals or cremation,” said Beudry-Mellor. “At a rate in line with the rest of the country for that service. Over and above that, this flat-rate will also support embalming services when legislative services are required, extended travel and grave liners.”
Beaudry-Mellor says the province will continue to provide basic services for funerals and cremation at a flat rate of 21 hundred dollars in line with the rest of the country for those services.
Over and above the flat rate the province will also provide embalming services, extended travel and grave liners where required by municipal bylaws.