Ford Tories to cut planned social service rate increase

Opposition leader Andrea Horwath is upset over the Doug Ford's government announcement it is cutting a planned increase in social assistance rates and cancelling the basic income pilot program.

The Ford Tories announcing yesterday they will cut the increase from 3 percent to 1.5 and axe the basic income project on the grounds it is expensive and not sustainable.

Hamilton was one of three cities home to a pilot project that saw the government provide a basic income to a total of 4,000 people.

Horwath says "Mr. Ford's attack on low income people is disgusting and cancelling the unfinished and promising basic income project is a waste and a shame."

Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod says  the government will come up with a plan within 100 days to overhaul what she described as the ``disjointed patchwork system''  left by the previous Liberal government.